Inspection of Composite Components


Trends In Aerospace Composite Manufacturing

  • Use of large, unitized structures is increasing.
  • Improved designs and processing are required.
  • Large parts are too expensive to be rejected.
  • Careful evaluation (and possible repair) is required.
  • Current inspection techniques (water- and laser-based) are not cost-effective in a lean environment.

Ideal system has

  • Agility (robot-mounted),
  • High sensitivity,
  • Effective validation for large structures,
  • Capability to lower system cost,
  • And to move inspection closer to manufacturing operations
    • On tool,
    • And in uncured state.
Schematic drawing of agile measurement system

Schematic drawing of agile measurement system

Image of honeycomb panel with artificial disbond

Image of honeycomb panel with artificial disbond