Call For Papers: Trends in NDE 4.0: Purpose, Technology, and Application

Special issue of Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation

Guest Editors

Johannes Vrana, Vrana GmbH, Rimsting, Germany (

Ripudaman Singh, Inspiring Next, Cromwell, CT, USA (

Bernd Valeske, Fraunhofer-Institut für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren IZFP, Saarbrücken, Germany (

Krishnan Balasubramanian, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India ( 

Kazuyuki Nakahata, Ehime University, Japan (

Introduction to NDE 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution is fueled by informatization, digitization, crosslinking, and networks; and survives on data for its feedback loops. One of its largest and most valuable data sources is Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE). Industry 4.0 leads to improved production and design by analyzing data stored in Digital Twins provided by the Industrial Internet of Things using, for example, 5G wireless connections. Measures like artificial intelligence, big data processing, or augmented reality allow us to evaluate and visualize this data. Blockchains allow modification-proof storage and traceability.

This development will lead to big changes in the field of Nondestructive Evaluation. First, Industry 4.0 emerging technologies can be used to enhance NDE technologies, data processing and processes. Second, a statistical analysis of NDE data provides insight into reliability, inspection performance, training status, consistency, and value of the inspections. Finally, NDE is the ideal data source for Industry 4.0. All these developments and more constitute what we call NDE 4.0.

Special issue topics

In this special Issue, we welcome methodological contributions to the field of NDE 4.0; for example, in terms of novel deep learning approaches and applications of innovative techniques to relevant scenarios from medical imaging. We would like to invite papers related to the most recent advancements in the following and related topics:

  • Industry 4.0 for NDE
    • AI
    • Big Data
    • Cloud
    • AR
    • Blockchain
    • 5G
    • Quantum Computers
    • Enhanced Robotics/Drones
    • Revision-Safe Data Formats and Storage
    • NDE Modelling and NDE Digital Twin
    • NDE Processes 4.0
    • TeleNDE
  • NDE for Industry 4.0
    • Integration of NDE into Cyber Controlled Processes
    • Digital Twin
    • Industrial Internet of Things
    • Data Security/Sovereignty
    • Semantic Interoperability
    • Intelligent Sensors
    • Structural Health, Condition, and Production Monitoring
    • Reliability
    • Predictive and Prescriptive Maintenance
    • Lifing / Probabilistic Analysis
    • Trending / Feedback Loops
    • Effect of NDE for R&D
    • NDE for new Materials and Technologies (Smart Materials, AM)
  • Human Considerations
    • Purpose and Value Proposition of NDE 4.0
    • NDE 4.0 Business Models
    • Management and Leadership 4.0
    • Digital Transformation and Organisation Behaviour
    • Training and Certification
    • Standards and Best Practices
    • Human Factors
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Technology Development and Validation

Important Dates 

Early Initial Paper Submission: May 15, 2020
Deadline for Paper Submission: July 31, 2020

Submission Procedure

Prospective authors should follow the standard author instructions for Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation and submit manuscripts online at
To indicate submission to this Topical Collection, please select “S.I.: Trends in NDE 4.0” from the drop-down menu on the page labelled “Article Type Selection.”