Radio signals reach pilots on board an aircraft through the "radar dome", the rounded nose of the aircraft. But if errors occur during the production of this "nose"- tiny foreign particles, drops of water or air bubbles-this can impede radio traffic. In the future, a non-destructive testing system will identify just such imperfections during production.
New applications in quality control and the development of novel fluorescence probes, particularly those based on expressed proteins, have greatly increased the sensitivity requirements of fluorescence spectroscopy.
Laser ultrasonic testing (UT) systems provider PaR Systems’ LaserUT product has been used to perform nondestructive inspections (NDIs) on more than 35, 000 parts produced by Joint Strike Fighter military aircraft vendors and suppliers, including U.S. aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin.