The aerospace industry uses nondestructive testing (NDT) methods quite extensively. The structural integrity and safety of nearly all components, especially the most critical ones, needs to be validated and NDT plays a major role. NDT is required in virtually all areas of newly manufactured, serviced, repaired, or overhauled inspections.
Times change, technologies change, but the fundamentals of leak testing remain the same – the reliability and repeatability of your test results depend on how well you understand and compensate for testing variables.
Aerospace and defense manufacturing, and associated maintenance and repair operations (MRO), are undergoing some fundamental technology shifts right now. One of the drivers of this is additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing.
First Article Inspection (FAI) is the process of planning, manufacturing, and verifying a production process. In the aerospace and defense industries in the U.S., most companies conduct AS9102 First Article Inspections.
When it comes to selecting an industrial nondestructive test (NDT) inspection system, quality managers invest considerable time researching systems and considering the impact of every available feature on their business.
The rapid and unexpected growth in the production of alternative drive systems is presenting automakers and their suppliers with a host of leak-detection challenges to ensure vehicle safety and quality.
When in doubt, always check with a certified Level III or contact your NDT product supplier.
June 9, 2021
Generations of NDT professionals have used the magnetic testing method, and along the way, a handful of common misunderstandings have developed. This article explores these common and incorrect assumptions about magnetic particle inspection and how to combat these misunderstandings.
Air cooling is the most readily available means for keeping turbine blades from breaking or melting while the engine is running, and in order to get the most from the air streaming through the engine, turbine blades are cast with delicate cooling channels running through them. In the manufacturing process, though, these channels can become clogged. It's important that these defective blades be screened out as thoroughly as possible in quality assurance, and neutron radiography is the most effective nondestructive testing method for this purpose.
Remote visual inspection (RVI) is a nondestructive testing (NDT) technique used for the visual inspection of an object where the person performing the inspection operates a piece of equipment from a distance. Most of the inspection applications used for quality purposes are carried out using three main types of equipment: borescopes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and crawler robots. Find out more about their uses and advantages.