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DETECTION OF SAFETY CRITICAL CRACKS AND CORROSION IN SHIPS USING NOVEL SENSORS AND SYSTEMS BASED ON ULTRASONIC LINEAR PHASED ARRAY TECHNOLOGY

Objective

Structural failure is a major cause of the wreckage of ships, vessels and tankers and causes loss of life and pollution of the seas and coastal waters of Europe as follows: §In 2004, the total amount of oil and oil products transported by sea reached the two billion-tonne/year mark (more than 40 % of total maritime traffic). The European Union accounts for 27 % of this traffic, with 90 % of Europe’s oil arriving by sea. •Over 2.5 billion tonnes of oil is used around the world every year, and 3 million tonnes is discharged every year into the oceans as a result of oil carrying vessel and tanker failures. Tanker accidents typically account for 12% of all oil pollution. The Exxon Valdez incident released 40 000 tonnes of oil and caused an oil slick that covered 2,600 square miles. After the tanker Braer spilt; 85 000 tonnes of oil was released with a clean up cost of 16 billion Euros. •Every year about 1 000 people die as a result of ship structural failures. The objective of this project is to develop new and novel ultrasonic linear phased array techniques, sensors and systems for finding defects and corrosion in safety critical areas of ships and tankers without taking the vessel out of the water. The Ship-Inspector technology will help operators, classification societies and regulatory agencies worldwide to manage risk more effectively. The ShipInspector Consortium will disseminate the technology and associated training to the SMEs represented by the participant SME-AGs. There are 12,000 SMEs involved in the €50 billion inspection and maintenance sector. Furthermore, the Ship-Inspector technology will reduce the risk to which inspectors are exposed whilst working on ships. Note that shipyard and marine work has an injury-accident rate more than twice that of construction and general industry. This project will drastically reduce injuries and deaths to SME workers in the ship maintenance and inspection industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Administrative Contact
Debbie Mcconnell (Ms.)

Participants (17)

KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS

Participation ended

Greece
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Zerstorungsfreie Prufung e.v.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 353 071
Address
Max-planck-str 6
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hannelore Wessel (Ms.)
Ukrainian Society for NDT
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 187 192
Address
Bozhenko Str 11
03680 Kiev
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Troitskiy (Prof.)
Bulgarian Society for NDT
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 159 910
Address
Rakovska 108
1000 Sofia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mitko Mihovski (Prof.)
Associazione Italiana Prove Non Distruttive
Italy
EU contribution
€ 217 349
Address
Via A Foresti 5
25127 Brescia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sergio Ghia (Mr.)
SURFACE MOUNT AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED LBG - SMART GROUP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 352 394
Address
Easton Street 85
HP11 1LT High Wycombe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Gordon (Mr.)
I & T NARDONI INSTITUTE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 297 910
Address
Via Della Cascina Pontevica 21
25010 Brescia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Nardoni (Mr.)
ELLINIKI ETAIREIA MI KATASTROFIKONELEGHON SOMATEIO*ELEMKE HELLENC SOCIETY OF MONDESCTRUCTIVE TESTING HSNT

Participation ended

Greece
Address
Zografou 157
15710 Athina
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Prassianakis (Prof.)
ISOTEST ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 310 410
Address
Via Roma 8
10090 Reano, Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudio Cantore (Mr.)
TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 268 505
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.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 78 604
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 300
Address
Merton Road, Redgrave Court
L20 7HS Bootle Merseyside
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Johnson (Mr.)
ABS EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 500
Address
Frying Pan Alley Abs House 1
E17HR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcus Cridland (Mr.)
LLOYD'S REGISTER EMEA IPS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 500
Address
Fenchurch Street 71
EC3M 4BS London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Paul Drummond (Mr.)
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 500
Address
Kioi - Cho, Chiyoda-ku 4-7
EC2M 7EB London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
M Abdul Rahim (Dr.)
CHRISTOS PAPADOPOULOS & SIA OE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 80 600
Address
Kitrous Episkopou 71
431 00 Karditsa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elias Laleas (Mr.)
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 267 255
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Luisa Coutinho (Prof.)