This course explores testing and measurement methods in Civil Engineering including: land surveying, the experimental analysis to explore the engineering properties of metals and concrete and nondestructive evaluation techniques. Students will gain a basic knowledge of drawing in the digital environment using AutoCAD Civil 3-D, the engineering industry design standard.
The course is intended to acquaint students with environmental acoustics and the application of acoustic waves to remote environmental monitoring. Students will learn how to measure and suppress environmental noise and how underwater acoustic systems are used for remote measurements of various ocean and river parameters, including: bottom profile, surface waves, current, bubble and fish density, etc. The course also surveys recent developments in acoustic tomography, including global warming control. Students will be asked to write a research paper on the application of acquired methods to remote acoustic measurements conducted at Stevens.
This course will introduce principles and applications of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques, which are important in design, manufacturing, and maintenance. Most commonly used methods such as ultrasonic, magnetic, radiography, penetrates, and eddy currents will be discussed. Physical concepts behind each of these methods as well as practical examples of their applications will be emphasized.
Fundamental concepts of particle statics, equivalent force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies, analysis of trusses and frames, forces in beam and machine parts, stress and strain, tension, shear and bending moment, flexure, combined loading, energy methods, statically indeterminate structures.
This course exposes the student to the physical principles underlying remote sensing of ocean, atmosphere, and land by electromagnetic and acoustic passive and active sensors: radars, lidars, infrared and microwaves thermal sensors, sonars, sodars, infrasound/seismic detectors. Topics include fundamental concepts of electromagnetic and acoustic wave interactions with oceanic, atmospheric, and land environment, as well as with natural and man-made objects. Examples from selected sensors will be used to illustrate the information extraction process, and applications of the data for environmental monitoring, oceanography, meteorology, and security/military objectives.
Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Ocean Engineering / Nanotechnology
Center for Maritime Systems
Research & Education
Nonlinear acoustics, vibration and acoustic diagnostics and nondestructive testing, underwater acoustics, infrasound, noise control, structural acoustics, acoustic and microwave sensors, technological and ecological applications of sound and vibrations
Ph.D. 1984 Physics, Institute of Applied Physics USSR Academy of Sciences, Gorky (Nizhniy Novgorod), USSR
M.S./B.S. 1977 Radio-Physics, Gorky State University, Gorky, USSR
Experience & Service
Dimitri M. Donskoy is Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. He also is an Associate Director of the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens. Dr. Donskoy received M.S. Degree in Radio-Physics from Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod) State University (1977) and Ph.D. in acoustics from the Institute of Applied Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences (1984). He was awarded prestigious USSR National Prize in 1987 for the work in nonlinear acoustics. Dr. Donskoy is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. During his 30 year research tenure, Dr. Donskoy has accumulated a great deal of experience in developing innovative techniques for remote sensing, detection, diagnostics, and characterization of various objects ranging from submarines and landmines to microscopic structural flaws and micro-organisms. Since Dr. Donskoy's arrival in the United States in 1990, he was a principal investigator for numerous multi-disciplinary projects: infrasonic underwater acoustics, landmine detection, acoustic and microwave sensors design, medical diagnostics, non-destructive testing and characterization, noise and vibration mitigation, etc. His research programs have been supported by US government agencies including the Army Research Office, U.S.Army SECOM, Office of Naval Research, Naval Research Laboratory, NOAA, NASA and various industrial enterprises, just to name a few: Boeing, Shell, Ford, GRI, EPRI. Prof. Donskoy has over 100 publications in the field. He is also holding 17 US and international patents.
Achievements & Professional Societies
Patents & Inventions
5,233,570 Low Frequency Underwater Acoustic Radiator
5,895,364 Non-Invasive Subsonic Technique for Bone Mass Measurements
5,974,881; 6,134,966; 6,415,666 Method and Apparatus for Acoustic Detection of Mines and Other Buried Man-Made Objects
6,301,967 Method and Apparatus for Acoustic Detection and Location of Defects in Structures or Ice on Structures
6,801,13; 7,057,516 Device and Method for Detecting, Localizing, Monitoring, and Identification of Living Organisms in Structures
7,073,384 Method and Apparatus for Remote Measurements of Vibration and Properties of Objects
7,965,018 Ultra Low Frequency Acoustic Vector Sensor
8,134,887 Directional Acoustic Density Sensor
Honors & Awards
National USSR Prize for work on nolinear acoustics, 1987
Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, since 2007
Malinovsky, V.S. and Donskoy, D.M,. (2012). "Electro-magnetically controlled acoustic metamaterials with adaptive properties", Journal of Acoustical Society of America. v.132 (4, Pt.2), 2866-2872. Download .
Donskoy, Dimitri M. and Cray, Benjamin A. (2012). "Acoustic Particle Velocity Horns", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, v.131 (5), 3883-3890. Download (1293 kb PDF).
Donskoy, D. and Cray, B. (2011). "Horns as Particle Velocity Amplifiers", Journal of Acoustical Society of America, v.130 (5), EL311-315. Download (585 kb PDF).
Donskoy, D. and Cray, B. (2011). "Eddy-Current Non-Inertial Displacement Sensing for Underwater Infrasound Measurements", Journal of Acoustical Society of America, v.129 (6), EL254-259. Download (534 kb PDF).
Zagrai, A., Donskoy, D., Chudnovsky, A., and Golovin, E. (2008). "Micro- and Macroscale Damage Detection Using the Nonlinear Acoustic Vibro-Modulation Technique", Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, 19 104-128.
Sheppard, K., Zagrai, A., Donskoy, D.. (2007). "Non-linear acoustic, vibro-modulation technique for the detection and monitoring of contact-type defects, including those associated with corrosion", Corrosion Reviews, 25 (1-2), 81-96.
Donskoy D. Zagrai, A.N., Reznik, A., Ekimov A. (2005). "Nonlinear vibrations of buried landmines", Journal of Acoustical Society of America. 117 (2), 690-700.
Zagrai, A.N. and Donskoy, D.M., Ekimov, A. (2005). "Structural vibrations of buried land mines", Journal of Acoustical Society of America. 118 (6), 3619-3628.
Zagrai, A.N. and Donskoy, D.M. (2005). "A "Soft Table" for the Natural Frequencies and Modal Parameters of Uniform Circular Plates with Elastic Edge Support", Journal of Sound and Vibration. 287 (1-2), 343-351.
D.M. Donskoy, N.Sedunov, A.Ekimov, and M.Tsionskiy. (2002). "Nonlinear Seismo-Acoustic Land Mine Detection and Discrimination", Journal of Acoustical Society of America
. 111 (6), 2705-2714.
Donskoy, D.M. and Sutin, A.M. (1999). "Vibro-Acoustic Modulation Nondestructive Technique", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures.. 9 765-771.
Donskoy, D.M., Khashanah, K., and McKee, T.G. (1997). "Nonlinear Acoustic Waves in Porous Media in the Context of Biot’s Theory ", J.Acoust.Society of America . 102 (5), 2521-2528.
Donskoy, D.M., Blue, J.E. (1994). "A New Concept of a Low Frequency Underwater Sound Source", J.Acoust.Society of America . 95 (4), 1977-1982.
Donskoy, Dimitri M. (2011). "Acoustic particle velocity amplification with horns", J. Acoust. Soc. Am.. 130 (5).
Donskoy, Dimitri M. and Cray, Benjamin A. (2011). "Horn as a Particle Velocity Amplifier", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 129 (4).
Donskoy, Dimitri M. and Cray, Benjamin A. (2010). "An Ultra-Low-Frequency Acoustic Vector Sensor", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 127 (3), 1819.
Donskoy, D., Sedunov, N., Sedunov, A., Tsionskiy, M. (2008). "Variability of SCUBA diver acoustic emission", Proceedings of SPIE Defence & Security Conf. 17-20.
Donskoy, D., Imas, L., Timothy Y. T., Sedunov, N., Tsionskiy, M.. (2007). "Air Turbulence-Induced Vibration of SCUBA Breathing Apparatus", J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122 (5), 2965.
Donskoy, D.M.. (2007). "Acoustic emission mechanism from scuba diving equipment", J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 121 (5), 3086.
Donskoy, D., Zagrai, A., Chudnovsky, A., Golovin, E., and Agarwala, V. (2007). "Damage assessment with nonlinear vibro-acoustic modulation technique", Proceedings of the ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences.
Donskoy, D., Zagrai, A., Fenneman, D., Tsionskiy, M., and Sedunov, N. (2006). "High frequency modulation approach for the nonlinear seismo-acoustic detection of buried landmines", Proc. SPIE Vol. 6217 “Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets XI. J. Thomas Broach, Russell S. Harmon, John H. Holloway, Jr, 6217.
Zagrai, A., Donskoy, D., Chudnovsky, A., Wu, H. (2005). "Assessment of Material Degradation Using Nonlinear Acoustic Vibro-Modulation Technique", 3rd US-Japan Symposium on Advancing Applications and Capabilities in NDE. 20-24.
Donskoy, D.M. (2007). "Acoustic emission mechanism from scuba diving equipment", J. Acoust. Soc. Am.,. 121 (5), 3086.
Donskoy, D., Zagrai, A., Fenneman, D., Tsionskiy, M., and Sedunov, N. (2006). "High frequency modulation approach for the nonlinear seismo-acoustic detection of buried landmines", Proc. SPIE Vol. 6217 “Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets XI. 6217.
Donskoy, D., Zagrai, A., Chudnovsky, A., Golovin, E., and Agarwala, V. (2006). "Nonlinear Acoustic Vibro-Modulation Technique for Life Prediction of Aging Aircraft Components", Third European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Granada, Spain. 251-258.
Donskoy, D., Zagrai, A.N., Chudnovsky, A., Wu, H.. (2005). "Nonlinear Acoustic Vibro-Modulation Technique for Materials Damage Diagnostics and Prognostics", Advanced Materials & Processes. 163 (4), 34.
Donskoy, D., Zagrai, A., Chudnovsky, A., Golovin, E., and Agarwala, V. (2006). "Assessment of incipient material damage and remaining life prediction with nonlinear acoustics", J. Acoust. Soc. Am.. 119 (5), 3293.
Donskoy, D.M.. (2008). "Nonlinear Acoustic Methods", Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring., C.Boller, F-K Chang, Y.Fujino, John Willey & Sons, Ltd.
Donskoy, D.M.. (2008). "Resonance and Nonlinear Seismo-Acoustic Land Mine Detection.", Humanitarian Demining. Innovative Solutions and the Challenges of Technology, M.K.Habib, I-Tech Education and Publishing. 121-150. Download (1564 kb PDF).