DCMC demonstration event Large Area Inspection of Composites

    News DCMC Demonstration Event Large Area Inspection of Composites On Wednesday 16 November 2022, the Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) organised a demonstration of advanced large-scale inspection techniques of composite structures. The demonstration is the result of one of the Workpackages (WP2) of the EFRO OPZuid Project PROJ-00730 – Fieldlab DCMC and gives a glimpse into an innovative application of non-destructive inspection techniques (NDI). The demonstration took place in the recently opened facility of DCMC and ACRATS at the Aviolanda Aerospace business park in the presence of a large number of representatives of the civil and military aircraft maintenance industry. Due to the increasing use of composites as a construction material in aircraft construction, the demand for fast and efficient inspection techniques is increasing. Members of NLR's NDI project group gave an interactive session to combine the results from various non-destructive inspection techniques into a 3D scan of the inspected object. The methods used were 3D structural light scanning and Lock-in thermography.  Normally the methods Thru-transmission thermography and Laser shearography are also applied there, but due to the available time of the demonstration, only the results of these techniques were shown in the final 3D scan. During the demonstration, an aircraft radome was used as an inspection object with which the technology could be shown to the attendees. By first showing the results of the various inspection methods, it became clear what the possibilities and limitations of each method are. In the end, the results were combined into a complete image that was shown via a 3D scan of the inspected object and with which the condition of the object was clearly visible. During the demonstration event, a second innovative inspection technique was also shown that is currently being developed by a group of students from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology under the supervision of NLR. The topic 'Swarm of Inspection Drones' indicates that a methodology has been developed with which multiple drones in conjunction with each other can carry out an automated, visual inspection of a large object, such as an aircraft, wind turbine, ship, infrastructure object, etc. By means of an interactive presentation, the technique was explained, after which the attendees could experience the technique from the inside using a HoloLens. The attached photos give an impression of the event.…

Aviolanda: Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) opens its doors at Business Park Aviolanda​

News Aviolanda: Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) opens its doors at Business Park Aviolanda "With the arrival of the Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC), Business Park Aviolanda has gained an expertise center. On Wednesday, May 25, about 120 guests gathered to attend the festive opening of the field lab. Martin Knegt, director of DCMC is proud: 'I hope that this location will play an important role in the development of new technologies in aviation to strengthen the region.'"Read the full article:Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) opens its doors at Business Park Aviolanda - Aviolanda

Omroep Brabant: Nieuwste vliegtuigonderdelen zijn sterk en licht, maar repareren is een vak

News Omroep Brabant: Nieuwste vliegtuigonderdelen zijn sterk en licht, maar repareren is een vak "Moderne vliegtuigen en helikopters worden voor een steeds groter deel gemaakt van composieten. Dit zijn hoogwaardige kunststoffen die zo sterk en licht zijn, dat ze metaal kunnen vervangen. Maar er is ook een keerzijde. Reparatie en onderhoud van deze onderdelen is enorm ingewikkeld en de techniek staat eigenlijk nog maar in de kinderschoenen. Een nieuw kenniscentrum op luchtvaartbedrijvenpark Aviolanda in Hoogerheide is uniek voor Europa en moet dit probleem gaan oplossen."Lees het volledige  artikel op:Nieuwste vliegtuigonderdelen zijn sterk en licht, maar repareren is een vak - Omroep Brabant

BN DeStem: Composiet-specialist DCMC opent op Aviolanda: ‘Hier profiteren ook Fokker en Luchtmacht van’

News BN DeStem: Composiet-specialist DCMC opent op Aviolanda: ‘Hier profiteren ook Fokker en Luchtmacht van’ "In vliegtuigen zit steeds meer composiet, maar het onderhoud van dit materiaal staat nog in de kinderschoenen. Het innovatieve DCMC in Hoogerheide moet daar verandering in brengen. De officiële opening van het zogeheten Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) lokte woensdag dan ook tientallen belangstellenden uit de luchtvaartindustrie naar Business Park Aviolanda."Lees het volledige  artikel op:Composiet-specialist DCMC opent op Aviolanda: ‘Hier profiteren ook Fokker en Luchtmacht van’ | Bergen op Zoom | bndestem.nl

BN De Stem: Composiet maakt vliegtuig ijzersterk, dit bedrijf weet waarom, én hoe je het onderhoudt

News BN De Stem: Interview met Martin Knegt over de missie en visie van DCMC op het gebied van composiet reparatietechnieken "Composiet, oersterk maar licht, wordt steeds vaker toegepast in vliegtuigen en bij de bouw van panden, schepen, auto’s, bruggen en windmolens. De reparatietechniek staat echter nog in de kinderschoenen. Het nieuwe DCMC op luchtvaartbusinesspark Aviolanda in Hoogerheide moet hét kennis-, opleidings- en onderhoudscentrum voor composiet worden."Lees het volledige  artikel op:https://www.bndestem.nl/bergen-op-zoom/composiet-maakt-vliegtuig-ijzersterk-dit-bedrijf-weet-waarom-en-hoe-je-het-onderhoudt

Interview met Martin Knegt, Managing Director DCMC, in Innovation Origins

News Interview met Martin Knegt, Managing Director DCMC, op Innovation Origins 'DCMC in Woensdrecht wil hét mondiale expertisecentrum worden voor onderhoud in composieten'. Zo luidt de kop van het artikel van Innovation Origins. Martin Knegt, Managing Director van DCMC, sprak met het onafhankelijk journalistiek platform over innovaties op het gebied van onderhoud in de vliegtuigindustrie én de opening van het DCMC fieldlab op Business Park Aviolanda. Lees het volledige  artikel op: https://innovationorigins.com/nl/dcmc-in-woensdrecht-wil-het-mondiale-expertisecentrum-worden-voor-onderhoud-in-composieten/ 

Join DCMC in our Webinar ‘Innovating the World of Composites Repair & Maintenance’

News Join DCMC in our Webinar ‘Innovating the World of Composites Repair & Maintenance – The Story of DCMC’ Registration now open | Save the date: Thursday April 29th | 16.00 – 17.00 (CET)Composites are everywhere. You find composites in planes and helicopters, bridges and turbine blades, electronics and even textiles. But who is repairing and maintaining these flexible, strong, stiff, heat resistant products and structures?The Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) is determined to set up the largest, most important center for composites inspection, maintenance and repair in Europe. How? By combining the best partners in the field of fundamental research with industrial research and experimental development of business.Join us in our online Webinar ‘Innovating the World of Composites Repair and Maintenance’ to get a grasp of what DCMC does and how this might benefit you. We discuss latest achievements, show you where we work and will get you up to speed on some inspiring innovation projects.Register now: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3e2xNlz7RlegC-Nwn2zurQThe program:16.00 - Warm welcome by Martin Knegt (Director DCMC)Brief presentation on DCMC: from origins to ambitions.16.10 - Bert Thuis (Department Manager NLR/Technical Director DCMC) on the future of compositesWhy the focus on repair and maintenance? What are the latest developments and how do we implement new innovations?16.20 - A look at the innovation tracksWhat innovations is DCMC currently working on? In a short vlog we introduce you to our tracks – from laser ablation to certified patch bond repair.  16.30 - Panel discussion on the relevance of composites repair and maintenance, with:Lt-col. drs. ing. Arwi Klip, Commander 980 Squadron at Royal Netherlands Air Force, Ministry of DefenseIndra Duivenvoorde, Director of Government Services for Europe and Israel within International Government and Defense, Boeing Global ServicesLex Besselink, Chairman Of The Board, Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG)And panel leader: Marco Brinkman, Managing Director, SPECTO Aerospace 16.50 - Introducing Aviolanda AerospaceSouthern Netherlands ‘s competitive economic position in high-tech maintenance applications is strengthening. Sander Heijmans (Director Aviolanda Aerospace) gives a short introduction on the Aviolanda site and ambitions regarding DCMC.15.58 – Summary + How can you participate?Register nowYou can participate via ZOOM or watch the Live Stream on YouTube. To get the links, please register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3e2xNlz7RlegC-Nwn2zurQ 

2020: A year of obstacles and progress for DCMC

News 2020: A year of obstacles and progress for DCMC At DCMC, we look back on 2020 with mixed feelings. We have been able to make good strides this year in several areas but, of course, DCMC has also encountered the obstacles of the corona crisis, which still has the Netherlands and the rest of the world in its grip. Nevertheless, we have certainly moved forward. Not as far as we would like, but we have made progress at DCMC on which we can continue to build in the coming year and in the period after the pandemic.For this reason, we would like to briefly look back on the past year, which has almost come to an end, as well as forward to 2021. Where do we stand and what are DCMC's plans for the coming year?Check out the infographic:   Progress and uncertainty As mentioned previously, feelings about 2020 are mixed. Yes, the corona crisis has brought a halt to many things and we have only been able to realize our ambitions to a limited extent. Nevertheless, we also conclude that we have made progress in various areas on which we can continue to build in the coming year. Much is still uncertain and will remain so as long as Covid-19 has not yet been overcome and continues to affect the sectors in which our partners operate to a greater or lesser extent.Opportunities for the futureHowever, as every crisis in the past has proven, it also offers opportunities for the future. An example can already be seen in the aviation sector, where older aircraft types are being decommissioned earlier to make way for new, more energy-efficient aircraft in which composites are used to a large extent.We would like to invite you to "think ahead" with us about new projects, innovations and partnerships that will take the maintenance of composite structures to a higher level. Together, we can prepare for a future in which composites and their maintenance will play an increasing role in making the economy more sustainable.Last but not least, we would like to wish all of our partners and business relations a happy holiday season, despite the current limitations, and a healthy and successful 2021.Special thanks to:

DCMC receives additional subsidy for realizing field lab

News DCMC receives additional subsidy for realizing field lab at Business Park Aviolanda The Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) has been granted an additional subsidy as part of the Regio Deal Midden West Brabant Makes & Moves. In total, DCMC’s subsidies now amount to € 900,000 for projects including the setting up of a public smart industry field lab at the Business Park Aviolanda location in Woensdrecht. The grant allows DCMC to make concrete plans for the realization and operation of the field lab, where companies and knowledge institutions can develop, test, target and implement smart industry solutions for sectors such as aerospace, marine, automotive and wind energy.Martin Knegt, Managing Director of DCMC, is thankful for the trust and belief in DCMC’s mission to become a well-established center of expertise with a dedicated field lab to which companies with specific issues can turn. Knegt: “With this grant we will be able to start our research center dedicated to innovations on maintenance on composites, a type of structural material that is increasingly being used in various industrial sectors and applications”. Great locationBusiness Park Aviolanda is the aerospace innovation hub for community building and market development in Europe. It is the Dutch one-stop shop for maintenance and knowledge exchange, located next to Woensdrecht Air Base. Aviolanda is actively developing clusters, such as those for composite maintenance and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The DCMC field lab will be a great addition to the maintenance, innovation and research cluster. DCMC’s presence will stimulate partnerships and attract new businesses in the field of maintenance. With a background in aviation, DCMC will be open to other industry sectors in order to share knowledge and expertise across the borders. Moreover, DCMC will be available to regional training and education institutes as a center for practical training and learning on composites. This will attract students to become specialists in the maintenance of this innovative material and increase employment opportunities.Knegt: “With the additional subsidy we can now join forces in one physical location to gain further practical experience and test new ideas. The field lab at Aviolanda will help to facilitate research and create a collective knowledge database for all participants, while also reducing individual research costs. We aim to attract more partners and collaborate with other companies located on the business park, as well as other aerospace, automotive, marine, energy and infrastructure companies.”Regio Deal Midden- en West-BrabantThe subsidy…

DCMC supports AIRTuB project, optimising turbine blade maintenance

News DCMC supports AIRTuB initiative, optimising turbine blade maintenance The offshore wind industry is developing at high speed. Throughout Europe, many offshore windfarms show innovative solutions in the field of construction and operation to make windfarms more efficient, cost-effective and safer. But what about maintenance? Fieldlab Zephyros, an initiative aimed at improving offshore wind energy performance, recently launched the AIRTuB (Automatic Inspection & Repair of Turbine Blades) project to help optimise turbine blade maintenance by developing a fully autonomous inspection and repair drone. DCMC is a proud supporter and participant of the project, together with partners such as TNO, InHolland, NLR, STORK, Eneco and TU Delft.The challengeAt sea, offshore wind turbines face harsh circumstances that affect the operating life of the machinery. The condition of the turbine blades needs to be closely monitored and repairs must be carried out at the right time. However, current inspection and repair techniques make this virtually impossible. The complex and costly maintenance operations require the deployment of many resources and specialists that can only be performed in calm weather conditions.Developing a fully autonomous UAV By developing a fully autonomous UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and sensor crawler, the AIRTuB initiative aims to provide fully automated and autonomous inspection and repair of turbine blades. Besides reducing the LCOE (Levelised Costs of Electricity) of offshore wind turbines, this will help to reduce downtime, limit the need of on-site maintenance and decrease the number of man-hours spent at sea for maintenance. Thereby also reducing safety risks for maintenance personnel.First phase: drone prototypeThe project recently received a € 3 million subsidy from the Dutch government and is currently in its first phase, focusing on the development and testing of a drone prototype equipped with a sensor package.The project consists of a total of 7 work packages:Sensor package researchAutomated drone ResearchDrone prototyping integration and testingData processingAutomated coating of bladesErosion modelling and repair recipeAsset management strategyExternal knowledge disseminationRole of DCMCAt DCMC, we underline the importance of the project’s objective to make composite maintenance more efficient. Our contribution to the AIRTuB project consists of the dissemination of the results to our network as well as offering the use of our new facilities and test area at Business Park Aviolanda in Woensdrecht for the next phase of the project.More informationTo read more about the AIRTuB project:  https://www.worldclassmaintenance.com/sub-project/airtub-automatische-inspectie-reparatie-van-turbinebladen (DUTCH)For an interview with the Program Manager of Fieldlab Zephyros, Ferry Visser, see: https://www.worldclassmaintenance.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Fieldlab-Zephyros-LR.pdf (ENGLISH)