Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E) is one of the major requirements in aerospace structural design. Hardly any of the components manufactured is not allowed to pass quality assurance without having gone through any of the various NDT procedures being around. For damage tolerant design as used in aviation NDT is a prerequisite. Appropriate use of NDT guarantees safety in aerospace and is thus a subject of highest attention.
Although aerospace industries have to clearly stick to certified NDT procedures, there is a large amount of technology being currently developed within the engineering science discipline, which is worth to be discussed with respect to their potential of being applied. The widespread use of emerging materials such as CFRP composites as well as new manufacturing processes for aerospace structural components has also given rise to many new questions regarding the materials’ reliability and manufacturing methods in the light of non-destructive evaluation, both from a research as well as a manufacturing and assembly point of view. Automation in NDT using robotics is major issue among various others being highly discussed within the aeronautics community.
To communicate latest R&D achievements to industrial applicants on the one hand and to discuss advanced and improved methods both with scientists as well as industrial researchers on the other, the Symposium for NDT in Aerospace has been established in 2008 and has been organised on an annual basis since 2010. It is run in places worldwide all around the globe where aerospace has a home including Hamburg/Germany, Montreal/Canada, Augsburg/Germany, Singapore and Madrid/Spain so far. The 7th Symposium for NDT in Aerospace will now be held in November 2015 in Bremen/Germany.
Major topics to be discussed among others at this event will include the physics of NDT, sensors and material interaction, design of complete inspection systems and data evaluation such as for automated image processing. A special focus will also be towards improvement in inspection speed and transfer of laboratory NDT into production and manufacturing process integrated testing for in-line inspection.
Presentations are expected to have a strong relation to current and future applications for material characterisation and component inspection within a laboratory and production environment. Contents may range from existing and new results as well as new and challenging NDT ideas still under research and development. It is hoped to combine and bring together the experience of industrial researchers and practitioners with the ideas and creativity of scientists to enable a fruitful dialogue for further improvement of NDT in Aerospace.
This Symposium of NDT in Aerospace is intended to provide uniqueness also in a way that it will be held as a single session event only, where every speaker will be given a voice to the plenum. Well selected invited speakers will address topics of high relevance in special keynote lectures and specific reception-typed discussion forums will be established as parallel events where different speakers as well as exhibitors will be able to extensively discuss NDT topics of relevance to aerospace during late afternoon sessions while symposium attendees are welcome learn about the relevant issues of NDT in aerospace.