NDT.net Sep 2005, Vol. 10 No.09

Health monitoring of aircraft by Nonlinear Elastic Wave Spectroscopy
CORDIS RTD-PROJECTS / European Communities.

Non-linear Elastic Wave Spectroscopy (NEWS) and related acoustic and ultrasonic methods comprise a new class of innovative non-destructive techniques that provide extreme sensitivity in detecting and imaging incipient damage in the form of micro cracks or eliminations, weakening of adhesive bonds, thermal and chemical damage, etc. The sensitivity and applicability of non-linear methods to damage are superior to those obtained by currently used technologies. NEWS methods are in various stages of development and have not yet been applied to aircraft health monitoring. The project's goal is to examine, confirm and exploit the successful results of these techniques, using fundamental materials research on fatigue loading, and to apply them to the particular field of aeronautics. The project includes progressive micro damage and fatigue monitoring of aircraft components and structures, sensor engineering, development of NEWS-based imaging methods, and fundamental research on the modelling of meson-scale damage phenomena. We aim to investigate the relation of these studies to the macroscopic behaviour of progressively fatiguing materials, and formulate the design of unique system for micro damage inspection, including remote control and communication tools, and the completion of a full-scale model demonstration. The long-term goal of the project (5-10 years) is to monitor while in operation, the integrity of airframes and aircraft engines, and helicopter rotor systems. The development of this innovative NEWS-based technology and its engineering applications to aeronautics will result in an enhanced, reliable and integrated measurement system and protocol for micro crack diagnostics of aircraft components and structures. We expect this development to result in a significant increase in aircraft and passenger safety while contributing to a substantial cost savings through a decrease in maintenance and operating times.

Project Acronym: AERO-NEWS Project
Contact person: Koen VAN DEN ABEELE
E-mail: contact-this-project-via@cec.eu.int

Interdisciplinary Research Center, Nonlinear Acoustics Laboratory, KULAK
Oude Markt 13

Information Source: CORDIS RTD-PROJECTS / European Communities.

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