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Cost effective corrosion and fatigue monitoring for transport products

Objective

Corrosion damages and fatigue cracks are the main causes for structural failures of all surface transport products like ships, road tankers and railway tank cars. Examples are catastrophic ship accidents with a tremendous pollution of the maritime environment or fatal explosions during the use of transport vehicles. Although evolving defects have to be identified in time to enable appropriate repair, preventive maintenance activities are usually carried out on time driven basis. As example transport products for cargo like crude oil and pressurised gases have to be taken out of service for visual inspection and sub-sequent non-destructive tests (NDT). Findings have to be repaired later on. This procedure is time consuming and expensive, especially the lost service time decreases the competitiveness of the European transport industry. Despite this high effort the risk of not detecting the onset of a defect is still implied in this maintenance process and thus failure within the next service period may occur. The proposed maintenance process is based on monitoring the status of the structural integrity in terms of developing fatigue cracks and active corrosion using the Acoustic Emission (AE) technology. It is proven, that AE detects active cracks, and based on the results of EU-funded project “corrosion detection of ship (EVG1-CT-2002-00067)”, it is evident, that AE is able to detect and evaluate active corrosion. By the application of AE sensors permanently on pre-determined hot spots of ships and tank cars the conventional maintenance and inspection can be replaced by a cost effective and condition based detection of defects and their follow-up in time. The result of the project shall be an overall strategy for the maintenance and inspection, including the necessary AE-equipment for the different transport products. Reasonable follow-up NDT methods will be validated. By the on-line measurement the method increases also the safety of all transport products.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TUV AUSTRIA SERVICES GMBH
Address
Krugerstrasse 16
1015 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 030 333
Administrative Contact
Peter Tscheliesnig (Mr.)

Participants (10)

VALLEN SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 418 920
Address
Schaeftlarner Weg 26
82057 Icking
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hartmut Vallen (Mr.)
ABS EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 161 794
Address
Frying Pan Alley Abs House 1
E17HR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcus Peter Cridland (Mr.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 996
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eva-Maria Müller (Ms.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 98 881
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Besta (Ms.)
POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 134 571
Address
Ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 11/12
80-233 Gdansk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zofia Kulaga (Ms.)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 331 500
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joao Paulo Duarte (Mr.)
POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 128 630
Address
Warszawska 24
31 155 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Malgorzata Kurowska (Ms.)
Nuclear N.D.T. Research & Services S.R.L.
Romania
EU contribution
€ 134 310
Address
Soseaua Berceni 104
041919 Bucharest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marian Soare (Dr.)
RENEKO AS
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 56 000
Address
Nolva 11A
10416 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klim Kastjushin (Mr.)
Stocznia Marynarki Wojennej S.A.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 68 400
Address
Smidowicza 48
81 127 Gdynia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Boguslaw Krajewski (Mr.)