Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics are now widely used in aeronautic components. The advantage of this material is that it allows the airframe designer to save weight and thereby reduce fuel burn (fuel costs being the highest single factor in airline operations today). The components used in stiffening the overall airframe are constructed profile beams. Their common shapes are: T, L, H, Ω, etc.
Dedicated ultrasonic and thermography inspection solutions were developed to capture the critical quality requirements without causing any slowing down to the production rate. These solutions are based on using Ultrasonic Phased Arrays and associated automated guiding mechanisms. The Ultrasonic data obtained is automatically processed.
Most of the NDT portable instruments cannot be used without knowing perfectly the method. Only thickness gauges and electrical conductivity indicators can be used by not certified operators. This situation raises problems for companies which have to supply products and services faster and faster, keeping low prices.
Assisted diagnosis solutions were developed to help non-specialists to make decision and release acceptable components and/or vehicles rapidly, both in manufacturing plants and in-service. Several software modules are available depending on the application: accurate thickness measurements after machining or after blending corroded areas, automatic sizing of delaminations after drilling laminates or impacting them, …