Ruth Sanderson, PhD, MWeldI, CEng

Ruth Sanderson is an experienced project leader, finite element analyst and guided waves specialist. Her finite element experience ranges from general stress analysis and thermal modelling through to fracture mechanics, welding residual stress and distortion prediction, and wave propagation. Ruth has over 20 years experience in the theory and simulation of non-destructive testing using long range guided waves.

Software experience: Abaqus, PZFlex, Calculix, Matlab, MathCAD, Python, Fortran, Excel and Visual Basic


C S Wiesner and R M Sanderson: “Effects of Loading Rate on Fracture Toughness of C-Mn Pressure Vessel Submerged Arc Weld Metal”, ASME PVP “1999, Boston, USA, 2 to 5 August 1999”

C R A Schneider, Amin Muhammed and Ruth Sanderson: “Predicting the remaining lifetime of in-service pipelines based on sample inspection data.”, NDT 2000 conference.

C-G Anderson, R E Andrews, B G I Dance, M J Russell, E J Olden and R M Sanderson: “A Comparison of Copper Canister Fabrication by the Electron Beam and Friction Stir Processes.”  FSW Conference 2000.

Rose, J.L., Mudge, P.J., Avioli, M.J., Sanderson, R., 2002, “Guided Wave Inspection Potential of Defects in Rail,” 5th International Railway Engineering-2002, Commonwealth Institute, London, UK, 3-4 July.

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R M Sanderson and S D Smith: “The use of guided waves for non destructive testing of rails: A finite element approach”, ABAQUS conference, Warrington, 12-13 November 2002

R Sanderson: “The effect of defect shape and wave mode on defect detectability using long range ultrasonics for pipe inspection”, WTIA 51st Annual Conference, Piping Integrity & Management International Conference and Surface Engineering International Conference, 7-12 September 2003, Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia

Rose J. L., Avioli M. J., Mudge P and Sanderson R, 2004, “Guided wave inspection potential of defects in rail”, NDT & E International, Vol. 37(2), March 2004, pp 153-161.

T.P. Mitchell, R.Sanderson, and B.G.I. Dance:’Electron Beam Welding of Crack Sensitive Nickel Super Alloy MAR-M-002’ Thermec, vancouver, Canada, 4-8th July 2006, international conference on Processing & manufacturing of advanced materials: processing, fabrication, properties, applications

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C. Ennaceur, T. H Gan, R. Sanderson, P Mudge and B. Bridge (2007): ‘Modelling of time reversal focussing in straight pipes’, 4th International Conference of NDT (4th ICNDT) organised by the HSNDT, Chania, Crete, 11-14 October 2007.

Sanderson R, Lucas B and Pocock R (2008): ‘Reduction of manufacturing distortion in arc welded ship panels using thermal tensioning’ Journal of Ship Production, November 2008, Volume 24(4).

R.Kazys, PJ Mudge,R Sanderson, C Ennaceur, Y Gharaibeh, L.Mazeika, A.Maciulevicius (2010): ‘Development of ultrasonic guided wave techniques for examination of non-cylindrical components’, Physics Procedia 3 pp833-838.

Sanderson R and Shen Y C (2010): ‘Measurement of residual stress using laser-generated ultrasound’, International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping (submitted December 2008, accepted October 2010)

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Mudge P, Haig A, Gharaibeh Y, Catton P , Sanderson R, 2010, “Developments in Guided Wave Testing of Pipelines for Integrity Assessment”, The American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNDT) Fall Conference and Quality Testing Show, Houston, Texas

Mudge P, Haig A, Catton P, Gharaibeh Y, Sanderson R, , 2010, “Developments in Long Range Ultrasonic testing for Pipes Using Guided Waves for Enhanced Detection and Evaluation of Metal Loss Defects”,  The 10th European Conference of Non-Destructive Testing (ECNDT), Moscow, Russia. 7-11.June 2010

Catton P., Haig A. Sanderson R. Weston M. and Mudge P. (2010): ‘Enhanced signal processing and characterization using guided waves’, QNDE Conference Proceedings.

Gharaibeh Y, Sanderson R, Mudge P, Ennaceur C and Balachandran W (2011): ‘Investigation of the behaviour of selected ultrasonic guided wave modes to inspect rails for long-range testing and monitoring’, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit 2011 225: 311

Sanderson R. and Catton P. P., An analytical model for guided wave inspection optimization for prismatic structures of any cross section, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, May 2011, Vol.58(5), pp1016 – 1026.

Sanderson R, Hutchins D, Billson D, and Mudge P (2013): ‘The investigation of guided wave propagation around a pipe bend using an analytical modelling approach’, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133 (3), pp. 1404-1414.

Schneider C R A, Sanderson R M, Carpentier C, Zhao Land Nageswaran C (2012): ‘Estimation of probability of detection curves based on theoretical simulation of the inspection process’, BINDT Conference 11-13 September, Daventry.

Lee N, Tuncbilek K and Sanderson R (2012): ‘Development of an advanced inspection technique for embedded steel tendons and reinforcement bars in large civil engineering concrete structures’, NDT News,

Haig A, Sanderson R M, Mudge P J and Balachandran W (2013): ‘Macro-fibre composite actuators for the transduction of Lamb and horizontal shear ultrasonic guided waves’, Insight 55(2) pp72-77.

Samaitis V., Jasiūnienė E., Mažeika L., Kažys R.J., Sanderson R. (2013): “The quality control of the spot welds using enhanced total focusing method”, 2013 IEEE Joint UFFC, EFTF and PFM Symposium, 21-25 July 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.

Sanderson R M, Hutchins D A, Billson D R and Mudge P J (2013): “The investigation of guided wave propagation around a pipe bend using an analytical modeling approach”, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Volume 133 (Number 3). pp. 1404-1414. ISSN 0001-4966

Sanderson R and Catton P (2013): ‘The reflection of guided waves from multiple flaws in pipes’, J. Nondestruct. Eval., 32, pp384-397.

Genutis G, Jasiūnienė E and Sanderson R (2014): “An algorithm for the estimation of the quality of the spot welds”, Russian Journal of Nondestructive Testing 50 (6), 335-342.

Lowe S, Fateri S, Sanderson R and Boulgouris N V (2014): ‘Finite Element Modelling of the Interaction of Ultrasonic Guided Waves with Coupled Piezoelectric Transducers’, Insight, Volume 56, Number 9, September 2014, pp. 505-509.

Sanderson R (2015): ‘A closed form solution method for rapid calculation of guided wave dispersion curves for pipes’, Wave Motion, Vol. 53, pp40-50, March 2015.

Jasiuniene E, Samaitis V, Mazeika L, Sanderson R (2015): ‘3D ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation of spot welds using an enhanced total focusing method’, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 24, pp825-831.

Lowe P S, Sanderson R, Boulgouris N V and Gan T H (2015): ‘Hybrid active focusing with adaptive dispersion for higher defect sensitivity in guided wave inspection of cylindrical structures’, Non Destructive Testing and Evaluation, Published online: 23 Nov 2015.

Lowe P S, Sanderson R, Boulgouris N V, Haig A and Balachandran W (2015): ‘Inspection of Cylindrical Structures Using the First Longitudinal Guided Wave Mode in Isolation for Higher Flaw Sensitivity’, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Sensors Journal, 16 (3), pp 706-714, February 2016.

Lowe P S, Sanderson R, Pedram K and Mudge P (2015): ‘Inspection of Pipelines Using the First Longitudinal Guided Wave Mode’, Physics Procedia 70:338 – 342, December 2015.

Allwright J, Sanderson R, Thornicroft K and Blackwell S (2016): ‘Extending the capability of guided wave inspection to pipe bend geometries’, British Institute of NDT conference, 12-14 September, Nottingham.

Sanderson, Hutchinson E, Allwright J, Thornicroft K and Jian J (2016): ‘Parametric finite element modelling study to investigate guided wave inspection sensitivity in boiler spines’, British Institute of NDT conference, 12-14 September, Nottingham.

Mudge P, Thornicroft K, Haig A, Jackson P, Sanderson R, Hutchison E and Schneider C (2016): ‘Use of Guided Wave Inspections to Monitor the Integrity of Nuclear Power Station Boilers’, 16th World NDT Conference, Munich 13-17 June 2016

Sampethai S, Tang J, Sanderson R, Zhou L and Soua S (2020): ‘Comparative Assessment of Acoustic Emission, Guided Wave and Vibration techniques for early failure detection on Geothermal Well Casings’, World Geothermal Congress, Iceland 27th April to 1st May, 2020.

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