David L. Atherton, Queen’s University

Physics Professor Emeritus Kingston, Ontario atherton@queensu.ca Office: (613) 533-6000 ext. 32701

Bio/Research

Professor Atherton's Applied Magnetics Group, is noted for its pioneering development of superconducting magnetic levitation for high speed ground transport, for advanced magnetic flux leakage inspection techniques for oil and gas pipelines, and for R & D on the remote field eddy current inspecti...

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Bio/Research

Professor Atherton's Applied Magnetics Group, is noted for its pioneering development of superconducting magnetic levitation for high speed ground transport, for advanced magnetic flux leakage inspection techniques for oil and gas pipelines, and for R & D on the remote field eddy current inspection methods for metallic tubes used in steam boilers, CANDU reactors, heat exchangers, etc. They are currently conducting R & D on their RFEC/TC inspection technique for detecting and quantifying broken prestressing wires in large diameter prestressed concrete pressure pipe used for water supply line in many arid parts of the world. They have always collaborated with the world leading industrial companies in the application of these developments. They have won many awards and are the only research group to date to have won two University-Synergy awards. Their applied research has also necessitated fundamental research on the effects of stress on magnetic hysteresis, and on measuring and modelling these effects. They are the only group to date to have complex tensor relationships between magnetic field, magnetization and stress vectors.



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