EngD student, 2013 intake
Research: Automated NDE Scanning of Complex Components
Sponsoring company: Rolls Royce plc (Aerospace)
Background: Integrated masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde 2013.
Six axis industrial robots are commonly used for manufacture, and can be similarly deployed for the application of NDE techniques. Challenges inherent with this approach relate to the mode of inspection, but common problems include absolute positional accuracy, kinematics of the robot, and the useful reconstruction of data. Together with phased array ultrasound, which is itself a flexible technique, there become many parameters to consider when seeking an optimal inspection process. This research aims to exploit the flexibility afforded by automated positioning and data processing to optimise speed and coverage for complex components. Integration of metrology information, together with the NDE technique in use, can improve quality and ultimately lead to a system whereby inspection setup does not require robotics expertise.
The Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at the University of Strathclyde conducts research into robotics for NDE, feeding into this project which aims to increase speed and coverage of NDE inspections for Rolls Royce plc. Until 2017, this project will run in the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, making use of industrial equipment and expertise to raise the technology readiness level of this research.