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Phoenix Inspection Systems introduces a way to test curved composites

News International-French

7 Nov 2013

The development in ultrasonic probe technology offers a faster and more effective way to inspect complex curves and radii in composite components.

WrapIt, from Phoenix Inspection Systems, is a flexible ultrasonic phased array tool that can be wrapped around a curved surface. It is good for use in the aerospace, marine, wind energy and motor sport industries where structural composite components are commonly used and where the use of conventional probes can present a real challenge.

It can operate on both concave and convex geometries. Its conformable ultrasonic phased array transducer is housed in a rubber enclosure formed to the nominal curvature of the component.

It is waterproof wheel encoder runs on the component radius so it is clear of panel cut-outs and gaps. The WrapIt housing incorporates features for reliable and quick inspections such as low-friction plastic skids to ensure a smooth scanning motion and internal irrigation channels for consistent coupling.

As the system self-adjusts to changing geometry, one tool fits a range of radius sizes and by simply changing the housings a broader range of geometries can be inspected with one array. WrapIt is compatible with all types of phased-array instrumentation, making it easier to get the technology qualified and approved.