UGent-MMS wins the Aerospace NDT Challenge 2019

The Aerospace NDT student challenge is an international competition which is organized by Airbus, Gifas and Safran, and in which different research labs compete. The goal is to propose a novel Non-Destructive Testing approach and to explicitly demonstrate its superior performance in damage detection and assessment on a complex composite part. Very strong research labs from different countries (Germany, Poland, Spain, France, UK … ) participated. The jury consisted of both academia and aerospace industry. The UGent-MMS team used both thermal waves and elastic waves to look inside materials for defects, and was selected as winner because of their

-             Excellent defect detection and sizing

-             Highly innovative nature

-             Good practicality under industrial conditions



The NDT team is a part of the  research group Mechanics of Materials and Structures (UGent-MMS), which is within the department Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering EA11

The research leading to this award has been obtained within SBO project DETECT-IV (Grant no. 160455), which fits in the SIM research program MacroModelMat (M3) coordinated by Siemens (Siemens Digital Industries Software, Belgium) and funded by SIM (Strategic Initiative Materials in Flanders) and VLAIO (Flemish government agency Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship). And also within FWO fellowships 1S11520N, 1148018N and 12T5418N.



Contact: Prof. dr. ir Mathias KERSEMANS