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Autonomous robotic system for thermo-graphic detection of cracks

Objective

Non-destructive testing of components is an important auxiliary process step, not only in post-production but also in regular maintenance. The detection of cracks is currently done by using magnetic particle inspection, which is a decades-old, inefficient and ecologically undesirable process. There is an urgent need in industry to replace this technology with more up-to-date methods that provide fully automatic testing. This project thus aims at the development of an autonomous robotic system for the inspection of metallic and composite parts using thermography. By combining automatic path planning for robots using a process model of thermographic image acquisition and knowledge-based image analysis methods, an inspection robot will be developed that can adapt to new parts within 15 minutes and achieves cycle times in the range of 20-30 seconds.
Applications include inspection of metallic and composite parts in the automotive and aircraft industry as well as inspection during regular maintenance, mainly in the aircraft industry, where magnetic particle inspection is often a requirement. Market estimates show a potential of more than 1000 such inspection systems within 5-7 years after the end of the project. Despite a higher initial investment (compared to magnetic particle inspection) the robotic inspection system will save more than 400kEUR after 5 years of operation, thus contributing to a substantial increase in efficiency in these tasks. Furthermore, ecologically undesirable suspensions of magnetic particles that include corrosion-inhibitors can be avoided.
The consortium consists of technology providers in robotics, industrial inspection and thermographic cameras and end-users that cover metallic and composite parts in the automotive and aircraft industry. SMEs play a leading role in the project and contribute 60% of the total effort.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

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

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 515 288
Administrative Contact
Camporese Antonio (Dr.)

Participants (7)

IT+ROBOTICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 266 040
Address
Contra Valmerlara 21
CAP 36100 Vicenza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Tonello (Dr.)
BRP-ROTAX GMBH & CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 82 597
Address
Rotaxstrasse 1
4623 Gunskirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anton Stranzinger-Mayrhauser (Mr.)
BENTELER SGL COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 112 440
Address
Fischerstrasse 8
4910 Ried Im Innkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Staffenberger (Mr.)
TRIMEK SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 450 915
Address
Camino De La Yesera 2
01139 Zuya Alava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia De La Maza (Ms.)
PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 645 454
Address
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr Gleink
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Andrea Möslinger (Ms.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 195 060
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eva-Maria Müller (Ms.)
INFRATEC GMBH INFRAROTSENSORIK UND MESSTECHNIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 282 206
Address
Gostritzer Strasse 61-63
01217 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antje Krabel (Ms.)