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Recent advances in aerospace composite NDE
Author(s): Gary E. Georgeson
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Paper Abstract

As the aerospace industry continues to advance the design and use of composite structure, the NDE community faces the difficulties of trying to keep up. The challenges lie in manufacturing evaluation of the newest aerospace structures and materials and the in-service inspection and monitoring of damaged or aging composites. This paper provides examples of several promising NDI applications in the world of aerospace composites. Airborne (or non-contact) Ultrasonic Testing (UT) has been available for decades, but recently has generated new interest due to significant improvements in transducer design and low noise electronics. Boeing is developing inspection techniques for composite joints and core blankets using this technology. In-service inspection techniques for thick, multi-layer structures are also being advanced. One effective technique integrates the S-9 Sondicator, a traditional bond testing device, with Boeing's Mobile Automated Scanner (MAUS) platform. Composite patches have seen limited use on-aircraft, due, in part, to the difficulty of determining the quality of a bonded joint. A unique approach using Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI) is showing promise as a bonded patch-inspection method. Other NDI techniques currently being developed for aerospace application are also briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 June 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4704, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials and Civil Infrastructures, (18 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.470715
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Gary E. Georgeson, Boeing Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4704:
Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials and Civil Infrastructures
Andrew L. Gyekenyesi; Steven M. Shepard; Dryver R. Huston; A. Emin Aktan; Peter J. Shull, Editor(s)

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