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Development of New and Novel Quality Control System for the Inspection of Titanium Components in Safety Critical Applications in the Aerospace Industry

Objective

European SMEs in the field of none destructive testing do not have the technological capability to reliably test titanium materials, and as a result risk are losing competitiveness in this €600million global market. Titanium is important material in the manufacture of new components in many important industries, including aerospace. An automated phased array, ultrasonic NDT method supported with eddy current technology, integrated with the manufacturing process. Currently, beam steering techniques require prior knowledge of the exact geometry and acoustic properties of the material and also require an extremely precise alignment of the probe to the component under test. The QualiTi Consortium SMEs will develop inspection of titanium at the component manufacturing stage. The QualiTi work programme is broken down logically into work packages and includes RTD work, management, training, dissemination and knowledge management activities. The QualiTi Consortium are suited and committed to the tasks allocated to them, are able to achieve their S&T objectives and commercialise the deliverables. The SME proposers consider that the QualiTi system will provide sufficient competitive advantage to enable annual growth rates of at least 20% in SME sales turnover over the four years following project completion. The exploitable prototype systems developed in QualiTi will reduce world spending on inspection in the aerospace market by >10% and thus generate savings of approximately €66m worldwide per annum four year after project end. The corresponding European saving is €19m. After outsourcing research the QualiTi SMEs will become more competitive. All the QualiTi deliverables are patentable. The QualiTi project will deliver an integrated inspection solution, to meet the requirements of the titanium aerospace industry. Absorption of the project results by SME consortium will be directed, ensuring benefits from the knowledge produced are maximised.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Administrative Contact
Kerry Peddar (Ms.)

Participants (5)

TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 241 375
Address
Calle Ciudad De Frias 1-Nave 4
28021 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diego Florez (Mr.)
ISOTEST ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 257 500
Address
Via Roma 8
10090 Reano, Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrizia Massaro (Ms.)
Timet UK Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 13 250
Address
Valley Creek Boulevard, Suite 200 224
SA1 1XD Swansea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eileen Lloyd (Ms.)
VERMON SA
France
EU contribution
€ 488 875
Address
Rue General Renault 180
37000 Tours
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aime Flesh (Mr.)
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 25 000
Address
Al. Piastow 17
70 310 Szczecin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomasz Chady (Prof.)