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Long range ultrasonic condition monitoring

Objective

Strategic Objectives: Development of "technological tools. The consortium proposes to:
- Develop novel long-range ultrasonic condition-monitoring (LRUCM) systems for finding degradation in engineering assets and
- Disseminate this technology and associated training to a large group of SMEs i.e. the 16,000 companies involved in the €225 billion inspection and maintenance sector in Europe.

The project will develop new techniques for inspecting Europe's engineering assets (Pipelines, Rails, Cable stayed/suspension bridges and Sheet piled coastal defences, etc.), which are degrading, thus posing risk of failure. Europe's maintenance/inspection budget for these assets is ~€225 billion/annum.

Even so, failures result in the following catastrophes:
- Oil/gas pipelines. Spillages from pipelines involved a total of 1,000 fatalities and serious injuries.
- Rails. More than 2,500 rail fractures occur annually causing delays and derailments.
- Bridges. Most of the world's cable stayed/suspension bridges are in danger due to corrosion of their cables.
- Sea/river defences.

Sheet piling is corroding endangering their integrity and risking high value real estate. The Technical Solution Proposed Recent developments (made largely by Core Group SMEs) have used guided ultrasound with ranges of 10m or more (Long-Range Ultrasonic Testing (LRUT)). LRUT can solve the otherwise intractable problem of inspecting engineering assets. It has the advantage of full volume coverage and the ability to test long lengths of structure from one point. Inaccessible regions can also be inspected from an accessible location.

The development of LRUT technology will help the ~16,000 EU inspection and maintenance SMEs whose total activity represents a €225 billion business sector. Business trends have seen asset owners (oil companies, railway, Electricity utilities, bridge authorities, etc) outsource their entire inspection and maintenance requirements to specialist service SME's.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED

Participants (21)

A CASA INTELIGENTE, LDA.
Portugal
Address
Nucleo Central, 302 Tagus Park
Oeiras

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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY GROUP SRO
Czechia
Address
Matejska 2416
Prague

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ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE ENSAYOS NO DESTRUCTIVOS
Spain
Address
Bocangel, 28-2° Izuierda
Madrid

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ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DE MANUTENCAO INDUSTRIAL
Portugal
Address
Ineti-cegef, Azinhaga Dos Lameiros
Lisboa

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ASSOCIAZONE ITALIANA PROVE NON DISTRUTTIVE MONITORAGGIO DIAGNOSTICA
Italy
Address
Via A. Foresti, 5
Brescia

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ATLANDIS NDE INGENIERIA DE INSPECCION NO DESTRUCTIVA SL
Spain
Address
C/ Ciudad De Frias, 1 - Nave 4
Madrid

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BALGARSKI SAIUZ PO ZAVARIAVANE
Bulgaria
Address
Kliment Ohridski Str. 8, Building 3, Office 3209
Sofia

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COAXIAL POWER SYSTEMS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Spectrum House, Finmere Road
Eastbourne, E Sussex

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DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR ZERSTORUNGSFREIE PRUFUNG EV
Germany
Address
Max-planck-strasse 6
Berlin

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EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF NON DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
Belgium
Address
6-9, Avenue Des Arts
8-1210 Bruxelles

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I & T NARDONI INSTITUTE SRL
Italy
Address
Via Della Cascina, Pontevica N° 21
Folzano (Brescia)

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I SO TEST ENGINEERING S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Roma 8
Reano, Torino

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INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
Address
Av. Professor Doutor Cavaco Silva N° 33, Talaide, Taguspark
Porto Salvo (Oeiras)

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KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
Address
Donelaicio 73
Kaunus

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KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Carrington House, 170 Greenford Road
Harrow,middlesex

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NDT CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Middlemarch House, Siskin Drive
Coventry, West Midlands

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NEXUS ENGINEERING LTD
Bulgaria
Address
Ul. Riben Bukwar, Bl. 12, Wh.9, App. 235
Sofia

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RARI - CONSTRUCOES METALICAS ENGENHARIA PROJECTOS E SOLUCOES INDUSTRIAIS, LDA
Portugal
Address
Zona Industrial Da Moita Iote 51 Rua Dos Tanoeiros - Arroteias
Barreiro / Setubal

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SONATEST NDE PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Dickens Road, Old Wolverton
Milton Keynes

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UKRAINIAN SOCIETY FOR NON DESTRUCTIVE TESTING AND TECHNICAL DIAGNOSTICS
Ukraine
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Bozhenko, 11
Kiev

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ZENON ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS SA
Greece
Address
5 Kanari Street, Glyka Nera
Athens

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