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Examples

Next-generation ultrasonic arrays (University of Bristol)

Research to develop array-based ultrasonic inspection techniques for difficult applications – including difficult defect morphologies, materials or inspection geometries. Outputs include:

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Super resolution imaging in NDE (Imperial College)

Research based on new inverse scattering techniques applied to modern array technology, to improve current ultrasound NDE detection and characterisation techniques:

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Laser ultrasonics for detection of damage precursors
(University of Nottingham)

Assessment and development of  ‘nonlinear’ ultrasonic techniques for the early detection of damage precursors, prior to the formation of cracks and dislocations measurable by conventional linear ultrasonics. Outputs include:

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Advanced thermography (University of Bath)

Research programme aimed at identifying and investigating a range of novel approaches to enhance thermography techniques and to improve the basic understanding and physical basis of the method.  Results have included:

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New approaches to NDE with micromachined transducers
(University of Warwick)

This project has successfully generated the basis for exploitation of the rapid and low cost Micro-Stereo Lithography (MSL) technique for future NDE transducer developments.  Development and characterisation of a range of transducers has included:

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Permanently installed monitoring of creep damage (Imperial College)

Development of a quasi-dc potential drop measurement technique for monitoring the progress of creep:

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Nonlinear material inspection (University of Bristol)

Programme to develop a robust nonlinear ultrasonic inspection technique, given that equipment often induces nonlinearity and the nonlinear signals are themselves typically several orders of magnitude smaller than the linear signals:

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Reconfigurable systems for automated & remote NDE
(University of  Strathclyde)

Research on novel robot traction and positioning, sensor integration and data fusion has successfully developed a number of small autonomous, wireless robotic devices with a range of inspection payloads geared for NDE applications involving restricted access or large areas. Outcomes include:

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