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Radio Frequency Sensing for Non-Destructive Testing of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composite Materials for Structural Health Monitoring

Objective

It is well recognised that composites have a significant part to play in reducing the weight of many structural engineering components, given its superior strength-to-weight ratio. These features help on reducing energy requirements and enabling renewable energy generation through construction of light-weighing devices. Although the aerospace and renewable sectors are currently taking forward the advantages of these materials, in general there has been relatively limited wide-spread adoption of composite components mainly due to the primary failure mechanisms (i.e. delamination and fibre pull-out), which are difficult to accurately detect, leading to an underestimated lifetime of components and attempts at repair practically impossible.

As the majority of the traditional visual inspection techniques are none-applicable, the CompHealth project will develop a technology that can allow for any delamination/pull-out to be detected in a composite component. This project will develop a mobile scanner which can be used to detect defects in composite materials and components, at both the point of manufacture and in-service/in-situ, with a reliability of >99%. The technique will use a novel radio frequency (RF) with remote sensing and improved scanning speed to detect defects in a range of fibre reinforced composite materials.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/structural engineering/structural health monitoring
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/structural engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

E.T.S. SISTEMI INDUSTRIALI SRL
Address
Via San Francesco D'assisi 323
20861 Brugherio
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 186 300,22
Administrative Contact
Alberto Monici (Dr.)

Participants (7)

KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 202 207,50
Address
Worship Street 28-30 Crystal Gate
EC2A 2AH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Usman Shaikh (Mr.)
NEMETSCHEK EOOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 158 100
Address
Industrialna 11
1202 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lyuba Filipova (Mrs.)
ATARD SAVUNMA VE HAVACILIK SANAYI ILERI TEKNOLOJI UYGULAMALARI ARASTIRMA VE GELISTIRME A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 234 848,77
Address
Hadimkoy San Bir 5 Bolge 12 Cad No 106 Bolum 2/3 Buyukcekmece
34500 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cem Sapmaz (Mr.)
UAB ELMIKA
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 164 337,50
Address
Naugarduko Gatve 41
03227 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pavel Anbinderis (Mr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 26 221,01
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 676
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 24 309
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
00 661 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Janina Nowak (Ms.)