Manual Ultrasonic Non Destructive Testing is a long established and extensively adopted inspection technology, embedded in and vital to the integrity and performance management of capital assets in safety critical industries including aerospace, chemical processing and power generation. Of all available volumetric inspection systems, ultrasonic testing is recognised as providing the highest sensitivity to flaw detection. However, the reliability of MUT has been comprehensively investigated in recent years with a particular focus upon the influence of Human Factors upon the Probability of defect Detection. Without exception, these trials have demonstrated that the reliability of MUT is sub-optimal. The ICARUS project seeks to deliver a step-change in the reliability of MUT inspection by developing an ICT enabled, enterprise wide approach that improves the performance and functionality of each of the three key elements in the system: The Procedure; The Equipment; and The Personnel; thus effecting a significant and measureable increase in the Probability of Detection,(PoD) a consequent decrease in the Probability of Failure (PoF) of an engineering system, and thereby a substantial reduction in Risk.
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Funding SchemeBSG-SME - Research for SMEs
15231 Halandri Athina
CB21 6DR Cambridge