Tecnatom presents latest developments at the 11th European Conference of Non-Destructive Testing

Two papers featured latest developments for more efficient ultrasonic inspection of CFRP parts at this important event, held every four years.

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The 11th Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (11th ECNDT, Oct. 6-10, Prague, Czech Republic) assembled researchers, users, manufacturers and service providers from all fields of non-destructive testing (NDT). Tecnatom (San Sebastian de Los Reyes, Spain) presented two papers with direct applications to composites within the section “NDT in Aerospace”.

The first, “Fast Scanning and Adaptive Beamforming: Innovative Algorithms to Improve Ultrasonic Inspections” dealt with current limitations of NDT methods for carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) including time and probe complexity required to inspect parts with complex geometry. Tecnatom has developed Adaptive Beamforming, which uses advanced algorithms to analyze inspection parameters and return the most cost-effective solution to produce high-quality inspection images. These algorithms also enable automatic correction of unexpected misalignments between probe and part or small changes in the part shape along the scan. Fast Scanning is a complementary technique which obtains the full inspection image with a single simultaneous shot of all the array elements, dramatically reducing inspection time. These technologies used together also increase the robustness of the inspection process.

The second presentation, “Hardware and Software Developments and Solutions for Obtaining an Automated, Integrated and Industrial Non-destructive Inspection Process,” reviewed Tecnatom’s robot-based RABIT NDT Inspection Cells. These solutions to the demand for more highly automated NDT systems integrate new hardware and software technology to improve the quality, productivity and flexibility of inline inspections for production aerospace components.