Autonomous systems imaging of aerospace structures

Show simple item record Deane, Shakeb Avdelidis, Nicolas P. Ibarra Castanedo, Clemente Zhang, Hai Yazdani Nezhad, Hamed Williamson, Alex A. Maldague, Xavier Tsourdos, Antonios 2018-12-18T09:40:51Z 2018-12-18T09:40:51Z 2018-12-31
dc.identifier.citation Shakeb Deane, Nicolas P. Avdelidis, Clemente Ibarra Castanedo, et al., Autonomous systems imaging of aerospace structures. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on NDT in Aerospace, 24-26 October 2018, Dresden, Germany. en_UK
dc.description.abstract Aircraft manufacturers are constantly improving their aircraft ensuring they are more cost-efficient to do this the weight of the aircraft needs to be reduced, which results in less fuel required to power the aircraft. This has led to an increased use of composite materials within an aircraft. Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite is used in industries where high strength and rigidity are required in relation to weight. e.g. in aviation – transport. The fibre-reinforced matrix systems are extremely strong (i.e. have excellent mechanical properties and high resistance to corrosion). However, because of the nature of the CFRP, it does not dint or bend, as aluminium would do when damaged, it makes it difficult to locate structural damage, especially subsurface. Non Destructive Testing (NDT) is a wide group of analysis techniques used to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage to the operator or material. Active Thermography is one of the NDT risk-free methods used successfully in the evaluation of composite materials. This approach has the ability to provide both qualitative and quantitative information about hidden defects or features in a composite structure. Aircraft has to undergo routine maintenance – inspection to check for any critical damage and thus to ensure its safety. This work aims to address the challenge of NDT automated inspection and improve the defects’ detection by performing automated aerial inspection using a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) thermographic imaging system. The concept of active thermography is discussed and presented in the inspection of aircraft’s CFRP panels along with the mission planning for aerial inspection using the UAV for real time inspection. Results indicate that this inspection approach could significantly reduce the inspection time, cost, and workload, whilst potentially increasing the probability of detection. en_UK
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dc.title Autonomous systems imaging of aerospace structures en_UK
dc.type Conference paper en_UK

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