A team of experts from TWI was in high demand at JEC World to answer questions on composite materials and inspection related topics, with the TWI stand receiving a steady flow of visitors from Member and non-Member companies alike.
TWI has just returned from exhibiting at JEC World where experts Ian Cooper, Technology Fellow, Advanced NDT, Paul Burling, Defence Programme Manager, Jasmin Stein, Senior Project Leader (Composites) and Stavros Avramidis, Senior Project Leader were on hand throughout to talk about how TWI can support organisations with their composite materials and inspection needs.
The event, which took place from 14-16 March in Paris, France, is billed as one of the world’s largest exhibitions and gatherings of composite professionals, and provides a wealth of dedicated and focused business platforms for the global composites industry. TWI’s stand showcased a number of exciting technologies in relation to composite materials and inspection of composite structures.
The composites materials and processing technologies includes a dielectric measurement system which can measure dielectric properties of both liquid and solid samples, microwave frequency (2.45GHz) and elevated temperatures 400⁰C. Another technology was SurFlow™ wireless data transmission through composites, for which TWI holds the patent. The other topics under composites materials and processing technologies were de-icing of composite propeller blades using microwave heating (ICEPS-ORPS), composite joining methods and composite metallic coatings.
Composite inspection technologies demonstrated included the IntACom Programme, which focuses on the robotic inspection of complex geometry composite components. IntACom uses low cost 6-axis industrial robots from KUKA and a Micropulse 5PA 128 channel pulser receiver from PEAK NDT. System integration is achieved using TWI-developed acquisition and analysis software to produce 3D imaging of components. The sponsors for this exciting project are RR, GKN, RNLI, Bombardier and TWI with support from the Welsh Government.
TWI also demonstrated its Full Matrix Capture (FMC) ultrasonic array technology. This uses conventional array probes and advanced processing algorithms to generate an ultrasonic sound field that is fully focused throughout the inspection volume. The system uses TWI's Crystal imaging and analysis software and was displayed using the excellent LT-PA pulser receiver from PEAK NDT.
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