Chair: Mr C Forrester
The aim of the Composites Group of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing is: To promote the advancement of the science and practice of NDT/SHM/CM of composite materials.
It reports to the NDT Technical Committee and its scope includes inspection and monitoring of all composites as implemented at manufacture, in-service or supporting repair, and in all industry sectors.
The objectives of the Composites Group are:
- To share knowledge via workshops, web-based resources and information for composite inspection problems, across industry sectors.
- To raise the standard of, and standardise, composites training material, syllabuses and, through this, increase the availability of composites-trained NDT operators.
- To capture present, and anticipate future, requirements for NDT of composites and enable a route to the solutions via roadmaps for new technologies.
- To raise awareness amongst NDT equipment manufacturers and research organisations of opportunities where NDT solutions can provide benefit.
- To develop and maintain a database of composite specimens containing well-characterised defects.
- To work with the structural-integrity, manufacturing and design communities to identify and define mechanisms through which NDT/CM can ‘enable’ optimised composite designs, lower-cost manufacturing or life extension.
- To pursue, promote and encourage appropriate, cost-effective and workable technique-validation methods for NDT/CM of composite materials.
Membership of the group is open to anyone who is a member of the Institute who has an interest in the NDT of composite materials. Membership is free of any additional charge. Non-members of the Institute may be co-opted as non-voting members of the group.
Chair: Mr C Forrester
Vice Chair: Dr R Freemantle
Scope of materialsMaterial/structure types
Fibre-metal laminates (for example, GLARE)
Bonded metal/composite hybrid (for example, composite repair patch on metal structure)
3D composites – 3D weave
Carbon fibres (particles, short and long fibres)
Silicon carbide (used in titanium matrix composites)
Polymer/Organic (PMCs) – eg thermoset, thermoplastic
Metal (MMCs) – eg titanium, aluminium
Carbon (carbon-carbon composites)
Sandwich core materials
Scope of implementation
|Manufacturing methods ||In-service Inspection|
|Pre Preg, RTM||Link to structural integrity design |
|Tape/Sheet||BVID, Access, Impact detection |
|Bonding||Characterisation of defects|
|Co-bonding||Characterisation of surrounding material|
|Hybrid joints||Supporting design of repair, modelling, disposition (concession, repair, scrap)|
|Fastening||Inspection of Repair – Bond to original structure|
|– Repair material|
Scope of Sectors
|Industrial sectors represented:|
|Aero-structures ||Wind energy|
|Aero-engines ||Power generation and offshore renewables|
|Automotive ||Raw product manufacturers|
|Marine ||Providers of SHM|
|Nuclear ||Materials test |
|Oil & gas |
Research and development, transitional and institute representation:
Catapult/Technology Transfer Centres
Trainers in NDT