Innovation Track 4
The main goal of this innovation track is to monitor and detect the relevant mechanisms to find failures in large maritime infrastructural composite constructions. Therefore, a great deal of knowhow on the mechanical behavior and inspection systems for real life of composites will be gained during this track. Consequently, the generated knowledge can be used as a cross-over for other industries.
Besides this, research will be done to development of potential technologies that will allow the inspection of adhesive bonds and health monitoring of maritime- aerospace- and infrastructural composite structures. Damen is participating in innovation track no. 4 as producer and end user of thick walled composites. TU Delft, TiaT and Dutch Terahertz Inspection Services participate as inspection technology providers.
Innovation track no. 4 started informally with partners sharing experience and actual panels and at full-speed after the contact was signed in June 2018. The first results of this collaboration will presented in Q1 2019. due to reorganization of WP partners, there is potential; for increased involvement and budget for the WP partners.
Parties involved: TU Delft, DAMEN, TiaT, Dutch Terahertz Inspection Services.
Timeline: March 2017-2019
Determination of relevant damage types in thick composites, to define in detail the problem to be investigated.
Assessment of available NDT techniques, to establish state of the art and select NDT techniques for investigation.
Development of TFBG (tilted fibre Bragg grating) technology to investigate cure monitoring. Current work is calibration of sensors.
Development of optical 3D metrology techniques for damage detection. Current work is preliminary testing.
Development and evaluation of representative composite test pieces, to assess the performance of NDT methods. Next steps are to compare the results from different inspection techniques.
Asssesment of regulation and certification of NDt techniques for thick-walled composites.
Assessment and recording inspection and monitoring protocol. Waiting for results from M4.1.