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Composites Evaluation in aircraft industry through Triplex IR imaging system

Objective

Composite structures behave differently under normal loads than equivalent metal structures. Fatigue and corrosion have proved to be much less prevalent in composites compared with metals. Subsurface damage can go undetected for long periods and result in sudden catastrophic failure, such as the crash of American Airlines Airbus a few years ago. The project aims to develop an advanced non-invasive imaging tool for qualitative and quantitative inspection of composites used primarily but not only in aircraft applications. This novel system will be using automated scanning via the use of a poly-articulated robotic arm equipped with sophisticated and innovative sensors operating in three infrared wavelengths (near, medium and long wave).
Novel sensor units will be used to acquire images during the non-destructive inspection of composites in the three infrared wavelengths. The automated tool will allow fast and prompt inspection of different composites components in the aerospace industry using Near Infrared Vision (both transparent and semi- transparent composites), Mid Wave IR Thermography (inspection in the manufacturing and assembly stages - interior aircraft parts), and Long Wave IR Thermography (in situ inspections for maintenance and repair - exterior aircraft).
The system will incorporate a novel image processing module combining and enhancing the individual inspection capabilities of the three imaging sensors and automatically recognizing defects that may be undetectable otherwise! The proposed system:
A) optimizes the inspection/maintenance process and the accuracy of defect detection in a reliable and rapid manner, and
B) will further reduce the use of manual, subjective inspections. This way, accuracy will be improved at least by 80%, increasing the “Probability of Detection” and thus reducing the operating costs and time.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 67 200
Administrative Contact
Dilly Tawakkul (Dr.)

Participants (7)

BOYNEDUN LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 182 749,10
Address
Old Fair Green 8
Dunboyne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Berry (Mrs.)
GLOBAL DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 203 431,10
Address
Leoforos Eirinis 65
48100 Preveza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Konstantine Tsiapali (Mrs.)
E. KASDERIDIS & SIA E.E.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 190 794
Address
Antoni Tritsi Business Incubator
57001 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stathis Kasderidis (Dr.)
ATOUTVEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 195 731
Address
Rue De Conde 9
33064 Bordeaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joël Leveque (Mr.)
Robotics Society in Finland
Finland
EU contribution
€ 35 145
Address
Soidintie 14
00101 Helsinki
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Juhani Lempiäinen (Mr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanakis (Mrs.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 25 200
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mérei Patrícia (Ms.)