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Continuous health monitoring and non-destructive assessment of composites and composite repairs on surface transport applications

Objective

Composites are used in a wide range of applications in surface transport. Damage to composite components in vehicles and surface transport applications is not always visible to the naked eye and the extent of damage is best determined for structural components by suitable non-destructive and evaluation (NDT & E) techniques. A detailed NDT and/or health monitoring procedure for proper damage assessment needs to be performed. This involves identification of the nature of the damage, its position and its extent, during different phases of the material and/or structure, i.e. during manufacturing and assembly, as well as during maintenance and repair. One can also locate damage by simply tapping the composite’s surface and listening to the sound (boundary between good and damaged composite can easily be mapped to identify the area for repair). Inspection for composite damage should be included in the regular maintenance schedules for composite structures. Nonetheless, particular attention should be made to areas that are more prone to damage by using continuous health monitoring approaches, as well as prompt and reliable NDT approaches. Transient thermal NDT is a prompt and reliable approach and has the ability to provide quantitative information about hidden defects – features in composite materials and/or structures. Analysing the transient temperature in the time domain typically attains this. Furthermore, since most damage to fibre-reinforced composites is a result of low velocity and sometimes high-velocity impact, 3-D laser micro-topography could also be used for the surface morphology and analysis of the composites. The SMEs and RTOs in this project are proposing to bring their expertise in composites assessment and/or NDT & E and in partnership with the LEs – Public Bodies who also have great expertise in the field of composites and/or surface transport and/or NDT.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /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

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 596 250
Administrative Contact
Craig Coghill (Mr.)

Participants (11)

KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 190 500
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rymantas Kazys (Prof.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 166 369
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Timo Kauppinen (Mr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 254 500
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
ATOUTVEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 163 520
Address
Rue De Conde 9
33064 Bordeaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joel Leveque (Mr.)
ZENON S.A. ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS

Participation ended

Greece
Address
Kanari Street 5
15354 Glyka Nera Attikis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vassilis Karamaounas (Mr.)
G-Tronix Ltd.
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 225 500
Address
Barclays Venture Centre Sir William Lyons Road
CV4 7EZ Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Arthur Hutchins (Dr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 233 238
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Styliani Fanou (Dr.)
MISTRAS GROUP HELLAS ANONYMOS BIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 169 500
Address
El Venizelou 7
14452 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitris Kourousis (Mr.)
HEXCEL COMPOSITES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 208 500
Address
Duxford
CB22 4QD Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Feng Chen (Ms.)
KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 147 625
Address
Worship Street 28-30 Crystal Gate
EC2A 2AH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjorn Liebenberg (Mr.)
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 316 500
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)