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Custom-Built KiScan Scanner Delivered to TWI

Wed, 21 April, 2021

TWI has received a new custom-built KiScan scanner from project partner, IKnowHow.

The Horizon 2020-funded Friction Harmonics / KiScan Project has been working towards the development of a non-linear ultrasonic scanning (NLUT) system for the detection of microscale defects in friction stir welds.

The bespoke, touch screen scanner has a travel length of 300mm, an adjustable speed range of between 0.5mm/s and 10mm/s, and is capable of applying 55n of vertical force.

The scanner’s software and graphical user interface were upgraded and integrated into the prototype KiScan system by staff at TWI Technology Centre Wales, and new validation samples were also manufactured at TWI.

The final validation tests are now underway at TWI Technology and Training Centre - North East and a webinar is being planned for Wednesday 18th May (at 14:00 BST) to present the data from these tests.

TWI is working alongside project partners Vermon, I KNOW-HOW, Coşkunöz Holding and RI.SE to refine the NLUT system, which is to be released under the name ‘KiScan.’


The Friction Harmonics / KiScan project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820531.

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