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Reference Number EP/D06984X/1
Title Advanced Ultrasonic NDE of Composite Airframe Components: Physics, Modelling and Technology.
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor R Challis
No email address given
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 August 2006
End Date 31 July 2009
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £338,866
Industrial Sectors Defence and Marine; Manufacturing; Aerospace
Region East Midlands
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor R Challis , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr A Kalashnikov , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr ME Unwin , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , N D T Solutions Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , DSTL - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Qinetiq Fuels and Lubricants Centre (0.000%)
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Abstract Future developments in large passenger aircraft will involve increasing use of fibre reinforced composite materials (FRCs) in place of metal components that currently form much of the vehicle structures. This will provide considerable weight savings and enable higher payloads and reduced fuel consumption, thus increasing commercial efficiency and reducing pollution. The extensive use of FRCs brings with it new challenges in the design of manufacturing processes and the testing of components andstructures when formed. This proposal aims to develop the science and technology of ultrasonic techniques to test the integrity of FRC components, both as an aid to process development and for the quality assurance of formed components. It will focus on the detection and characterisation of (i) microscopic porosity which reduces material shear strength, and (ii) anomalies in the lay-up of reinforcing fibres such as in plane and out of plane waviness. The results of the study will be integratedinto an advanced instrumentation platform which will be available for use by airframe manufacturers
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