Abstract:In the course of SpaceNDT we combine advanced non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies, e.g. Microcomputed tomography (XCT), Phase-contrast X-ray imaging (PCI), and Active Thermography (IRT) to investigate fatigue behaviour during thermo-mechanical loading of advanced materials used in space applications. Main goals are the establishment of defect catalogues for additively manufactured (AM), polymer matrix composites (PMC), and multi-material parts and the prediction of the influence of defects on fatigue life by means of FEA simulation. One of the main challenges to accelerate the acceptance and use of advanced materials (e.g. AM parts) in the ESA is to establish a broadly accepted materials and process quality system, including
adequate NDT procedures. In SpaceNDT we employ a multi-modal and multi-scale approach to overcome disadvantages of standard methods in the detection of microcracks, pores, delamination, debonding, and fracture propagation in AM, PMC, and multi-material aerospace components.
Ultimately, this project pursues efforts (spaceXCT, project: 854042) to establish NDT based “Best Practise Analysis Guidelines” to strengthen Austria´s role as a competent partner in the space sector in relation to advanced manufacturing and NDT.
Consortium Leader:FH OÖ Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH
Duration: June 2018 to May 2021
Program:ASAP 14