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CATEC and Tecnatom are collaborating on a project within the European Program Clean Sky about the automation of NDT for composite materials


December 31st 2014

The DIAAMOND project aims to develop new approaches to inspection and automated systems to detect and record damage online at composites


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CATEC and Tecnatom are collaborating on a project within the European Program Clean Sky about the automation of NDT for composite materials
The non-destructive testing (NDT) have been used in the manufacture and evaluation of structures of advanced composites for decades and have evolved significantly in recent years. In spite of this, it has not been done a lot to implement automated NDT techniques to the thousands of structural tests required for certification of aerostructures in composite materials.

On the basis of the long history in the development of assays of this type, the Spanish company Tecnatom and CATEC are addressing this objective through a new project funded by the Program Clean Sky (Clean Sky Joint Undertaking), the largest program of aerospace research in Europe aimed at achieving a more sustainable and efficient aviation.

The project DIAAMOND looks for the "development of new approaches to inspection and automated systems to monitor damage during mechanical testing on structures built in composites.

The objectives include the early detection of damage, to control its evolution and the collection of data through a large number of inspections, but with a reduced cost and with the real-time transmission of the data through the acquisition of a system controlled by computer. The project is part of a demonstration of the technology managed by Airbus Defence & Space and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.



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