Inspection of aircraft wing panels using unmanned aerial vehicles

Show simple item record Tzitzilonis, Vasileios Malandrakis, Konstantinos Zanotti Fragonara, Luca Gonzalez Domingo, Jose Angel Avdelidis, Nicolas P. Tsourdos, Antonios Forster, Kevin 2019-05-08T10:55:32Z 2019-05-08T10:55:32Z 2019-04-17
dc.identifier.citation Vasileios Tzitzilonis, Konstantinos Malandrakis, Luca Zanotti Fragonara, et al., Inspection of aircraft wing panels using unmanned aerial vehicles. Sensors, 2019, Volume 19, Issue 8, Article number 1824 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 1424-8220
dc.description.abstract In large civil aircraft manufacturing, a time-consuming post-production process is the non-destructive inspection of wing panels. This work aims to address this challenge and improve the defects’ detection by performing automated aerial inspection using a small off-the-shelf multirotor. The UAV is equipped with a wide field-of-view camera and an ultraviolet torch for implementing non-invasive imaging inspection. In particular, the UAV is programmed to perform the complete mission and stream video, in real-time, to the ground control station where the defects’ detection algorithm is executed. The proposed platform was mathematically modelled in MATLAB/SIMULINK in order to assess the behaviour of the system using a path following method during the aircraft wing inspection. In addition, two defect detection algorithms were implemented and tested on a dataset containing images obtained during inspection at Airbus facilities. The results show that for the current dataset the proposed methods can identify all the images containing defects. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher MDPI en_UK
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dc.subject Non-Destructive Testing en_UK
dc.subject ultraviolet light en_UK
dc.subject automated inspection en_UK
dc.subject defects detection en_UK
dc.subject UAV en_UK
dc.subject image processing en_UK
dc.title Inspection of aircraft wing panels using unmanned aerial vehicles en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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