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|NDT.net Issue - 2015-04 - NEWS ||NDT.net Issue: 2015-04|
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken strengthened by team of ultrasound expertsFraunhofer-Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZFP)476, Saarbrücken, Germany
In the course of a restructuring and thematic / strategic realignment of Fraunhofer IZFP, the Ultrasonic Imaging working group – until then located at Fraunhofer ITWM – was integrated into Fraunhofer IZFP with the beginning of the year 2015.
In January 2015, the scientists Dr. rer. nat. habil. Martin Spies and Dipl.-Ing. Hans Rieder – working in Kaiserslautern until the end of 2014 – joined Fraunhofer IZFP to further strengthen the NDT of Components and Assemblies Department led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Valeske.
With their proven market expertise, the two researchers primarily extend the topic of multimodal inspection techniques, in particular the field of ultrasonic testing technology and its application in industrial production. “The closer coordination and bundling of common know-how for simulation-based nondestructive ultrasonic inspection will further strengthen the Fraunhofer IZFP as a competent and reliable R&D partner“ says Dr. Martin Spies.
For more than two decades the two scientists have acquired valuable expertise in the area of simulation-based and mechanized ultrasonic testing of complex materials and components. One example refers to the ultrasonic testing of ship propellers: Damage to the propeller can lead to a significant limitation and even to the complete loss of maneuverability and, thus, can potentially cause significant threats to the environment. Many of the propeller damages occur without direct external impact, but result from production and repair failures. To get on the track of such defects, Rieder and Spies developed a comprehensive ultrasonic inspection procedure based on mechanized scanning. In recent years, both scientists received a variety of awards, for example, in 2011 the prize of the German Copper Institute for the development and application of an efficient procedure for ultrasonic nondestructive testing of cast bronze alloys.
Dipl.-Ing. Hans Rieder (left)
Dr. rer. nat. habil. Martin Spies (right)
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