About the ComPair Project
To develop quantitative non-invasive NDT approaches for prompt assessment of composites during the manufacturing and assembly stages of the composite materials and structures.
To develop a health monitoring approach for the composite components on full scale structures.
To develop a robotic scanner that will accommodate the NDT approach for the in-situ testing of the structures during inspection and maintenance.
- High and low speed trains
A multi-axis robotic scanner has been manufactured for in-service inspection of composite components using thermography NDT. The robotic scanner has the following features:
- Capability of carrying both thermographic and NIR equipment
- NDT procedures to perform reflection and transmission mode using the same scanner
- Ability to place and orientate the NDT equipment with 6 degrees of freedom
- Ability to inspect curved samples
ComPair Inspection system assessing curved 1mx1.3m CFRP panel
ComPair Software imaging and sentencing
AE activity measured by inspection system
LRU Guided wave activity measured by inspection systemThe research, leading to the development of the ComPair system, provides an opportunity for automotive manufacturers to develop safer composite structures. The ComPair consortium aims to achieve additional market interaction with the automotive industry sector.