International NDT’s Non Destructive Testing (NDT) service is available for all composite components and structures including carbon fibre, glass fibre, monolithic and cored laminates.
Inspections are carried out using aerospace grade flaw detection equipment adapting aerospace inspection procedures. The assessments made can be used to develop an understanding of the make-up of the material including the detection of defects or flaws.
The information gained from the inspection is used for quality assurance in manufacture and through service as well as enabling risk management from an insurer’s perspective and the development of improved manufacturing methods through an understanding of the material’s characteristics.
The NDT techniques that International NDT uses can find a range of anomalies and defect types in metallic and composite structures. Examples of production and in-service defects that we detect include:
Non Destructive Testing for Void Detection – Voiding and porosity can be indication of poor manufacturing processes or a problem during moulding and curing of the laminate. Evidence of porosity can be detected using conventional ultrasound. In some cases the degree of porosity can be quantified using techniques similar to those employed in the aerospace industry.