Composite material requires a very different method of NDT inspection than other materials used in the aviation sector, such as aluminium. Experiences so far has shown that one NDT technique is insufficient to obtain a reliable picture of the condition of the composite material. Suspicious indications according to one technique must be checked with another technique to obtain 100% certainty and to prevent unnecessary repairs. Because damage is often not visible on the outside, the surfaces must be fully inspected. Conducting manual research on these large and often hard-to-reach surfaces is very time-consuming and poorly reproducible.
Innovation Track 2: Developing a scanning method for large surfaces
The goal of this innovation track is to develop a reliable, fast and automated nondestructive evaluation scanning method for large surfaces. The innovation in this track is symbolised by combining the different nondestructive testing techniques plus the data sampling of the results to paint one reliable overall picture. A component of this track is performing a nondestructive scan by a robot to ensure high accuracy.
Runtime: January 2018 – end of March 2021
TiaT’s activities are mainly focused on the operational nondestructive evaluation (empirical research) and the University of Delft concentrates more on experimental and scientific research. So empirical results can be scientifically underpinned.