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Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/F012322/1
Status Completed
Energy Categories Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fusion) 1%;
Not Energy Related 90%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 3%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 2%;
Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission) 4%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor D Hutchins
No email address given
School of Engineering
University of Warwick
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2007
End Date 31 December 2009
Duration 27 months
Total Grant Value £160,216
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Energy; Manufacturing; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region West Midlands
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor D Hutchins , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Ltd (SFEL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP Research Centre (0.000%)
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Abstract It is proposed to investigate a technique for NDE known as capacitive imaging. This approach is a non-contact technique, and should be capable of inspecting a wide range of material types, from insulators (including polymers and composites) to metals. It can be used both underwater and in hostile environments (high/low temperatures, radioactive environments etc), and can be scanned over objects. It should thus have wide application to NDE. The technique uses a set of electrodes, placed close tothe surface of the material. Interaction of the electric field distribuion with the material leads to changes in signal when the electrical properties of the sample themselves change, leading to the possibility of imaging. A feasibility study, funded by the RCNDE from core funds, demonstrated promising results on a wide range of materials. The present targetted proposal aims to investigate the fundamental properties of this technique further, involving a combination of experiment and FE modelling. It is also planned to extend the instrumentation to switchable arrays for rapid large-area inspection. The technique will be applied to problems of industrial relevance, including the inspection of aerospace structures, and the detection of corrosion under insulators (CUI)
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Added to Database 12/06/07