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AUTOMATED THERMOGRAPHIC INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR THE INSPECTION OF AERONAUTIC WELDINGS

Objective

Thermography opens a new paradigm because shifts actual manual inspections like those of Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) into automated inspection and detection to avoid human errors. AUTHENTIC addresses the development and adoption of automated inductive active thermography to improve the probability of detection (POD) of surface defects generated or appearing in welded safety-critical engine components both for in-process control and for final inspection and quality acceptance. The high sensitivity of the technology enables the detection of cracks down to 200 μm. An improvement higher than 50% is expected on the detectable critical defect size, on POD basis.

Automation will be implemented during the inspection process through an adequate robotic system and also during the defect detection, characterization and localization, thanks to the developed algorithms. Furthermore, a second sensory will be added to the main system in order to tackle geometrically complex cases where thermography might fail or give a partial result due to accessibility issues.

The system developed will provide (i) faster inspections on full-scale components, (ii) elimination of human subjectivity from inspections, and (iii) healthier and cleaner working environment for technicians. The easier, faster and more accurate maintenance inspections will lead to safer aircrafts and to the extension of their lifetime contributing to a globally more innovative, sustainable and competitive EU aircraft industry.

AUTHENTIC will cover from the complete definition of the NDT system based on process and inspection requirements to its implementation and validation through the inspection of a real component provided by GKN (topic leader). The achievements of project objectives will be supported by the multidisciplinary consortium formed by experts in thermography (LORTEK, ULEOEBEN and EDEVIS), simulation (ULEOBEN), automated inspection (EDEVIS), sensorics (HV) and welding metallurgy (LORTEK, HV).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

H2020-CS2-CFP11-2020-01
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Funding Scheme

CS2-IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

LORTEK S COOP
Address
Arranomendia Kalea 4 A
20240 Ordizia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 309 475

Participants (3)

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EDEVIS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 912,50
Address
Handwerkstrasse 55
70565 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HOGSKOLAN VAST
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
Hogskolan Vast
461 86 Trollhattan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments