where expertise comes together - since 1996 -

The Largest Open Access Portal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT)

Conference Proceedings, Articles, News, Exhibition, Forum, Network and more

where expertise comes together
- since 1996 -

NDT.net Issue - 2013-12 - NEWS

WrapIt offers new way to test curved composites


Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd67, Warrington, United Kingdom
 
NDT.net Journal
Issue: 2013-12
A new development in ultrasonic probe technology offers a faster and more effective way to inspect complex curves and radii in composite components.

WrapIt, from Phoenix Inspection Systems, is a flexible ultrasonic phased array tool that can be wrapped around a curved surface. It is ideal for use in the aerospace, marine, wind energy and motor sport industries where structural composite components are commonly used and where the use of conventional probes can present a real challenge.

WrapIt can operate on both concave and convex geometries. Its conformable ultrasonic phased array transducer is housed in a rubber enclosure formed to the nominal curvature of the component.

WrapIt’s waterproof wheel encoder runs on the component radius so it is clear of panel cut-outs and gaps. The WrapIt housing incorporates features for reliable and quick inspections such as low-friction plastic skids to ensure a smooth scanning motion and internal irrigation channels for consistent coupling.

As the system self-adjusts to changing geometry, one tool fits a range of radius sizes and by simply changing the housings a broader range of geometries can be inspectedwith one array. WrapIt is compatible with all types of phased-array instrumentation, making it easier to get the technology qualified and approved.

Neil Hankinson, Head of Applied Engineering at Phoenix Inspection Systems, said: ”Ultrasonic inspection is recognised as one of the most informative NDT techniques for testing carbon fibre and composite materials. However the inspection technologies typically used for flat laminates are not easy to apply on curved surfaces, particularly where components have continual variation in geometry along their length. In these cases, the inspection of corner regions has the potential to become an expensive production bottleneck.

“WrapIt enables, for the first time, the radius of composites to be easily inspected in a way that is economical, versatile and fast enough for production volumes.”

For further information see www.phoenixisl.co.uk.

Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd

More of Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd published in NDT.net
2019-04-01: M-Skip probe and wedge solution reduces inspection time and costs
2018-09-01: Phoenix extends its transducer range to include Linear Phased Array Probes
2018-03-01: Phoenix expands distribution network in Europe
2018-03-01: Phoenix achieves ISO 9001:2015 QMS Standard Registration
2017-10-01: New solution for the inspection of welds on large diameter aluminium cylinders
2017-05-01: Phoenix launch 1-4 Axis Motor Controller
2017-03-01: Phoenix ISL appoints Business Development Manager
2017-02-01: Robust TOFD scanner makes setup simple
2016-08-01: Phoenix officially partners with four new global distributors
2016-07-01: Phoenix launch versatile solution for nozzle weld inspection
All 67 Articles & News of Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd in NDT.net

Share...
We use technical and analytics cookies to ensure that we will give you the best experience of our website - More Info
Accept
top
this is debug window