Migrating from traditional to Digital Radiography in Aerospace

Speaker:
Schulenburg, Lennart; VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH; Germany

Authors:
Schulenburg, L.; VisiConsult X-ray System & Solutions GmbH; Germany

ID: ECNDT-0004-2018
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Session: Aerospace 3
Room: G1
Date: 2018-06-12
Time: 15:20 - 15:40

The aerospace sector with its high and demanding quality standards is a heavy user of non-destructive testing (NDT) and especially X-ray inspection. Increasing production volumes and higher quality standards require efficient and reproducible inspection processes. Digital Radiography (DR) allows to achieve both targets but poses many new challenges. A main focus will be the different quality metrics of the X-ray setup like spatial resolution (SR), Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR), Contrast Sensitivity (CS), focal spot analysis and long-term stability evaluation of Digital Detector Arrays (DDA). Additionally, the spotlight will be on the industry standards like ASTM 2737 and ASTM 2597, DICONDE, process requirements like NADCAP and specific company standards like the Boeing BSS7044 or Airbus AITM.

During the introduction, the most relevant use cases of DR in Aerospace and its specific challenges will be presented and analyzed. A special focus will be on weld inspection and honeycomb structures with very unique requirements. Another spotlight will be on efficient system design and automation using modern robot handling or manipulation systems.

A side note will evaluate the changes of Computed Radiography (CR) as a transfer technology to a completely digitized process. This includes the need for traceability and inclusion to MES or production management systems (Industry 4.0).

During the introduction, the most relevant use cases of DR in Aerospace and its specific challenges will be presented and analyzed. A special focus will be on weld inspection and honeycomb structures with very unique requirements. Another spotlight will be on efficient system design and automation using modern robot handling or manipulation systems.