Composites Group

Groups 

Reporting to the NDT Technical Committee, the aim of the Composite Group is to promote and advance the science and practice of NDT and CM of composite materials.

Its enabling objectives are:

  1. To share knowledge via workshops, web-based resources and information for composite inspection problems. In particular, across industry sectors
  2. To raise the standard of, and standardise, composites training material, syllabuses and, through this, increase the availability of composites-trained NDT operators
  3. To capture present, and anticipate future, requirements for NDT of composites and enable a route to the solutions via roadmaps for new technologies
  4. To raise awareness of the problems requiring NDT solutions amongst NDT equipment manufacturers and research organisations
  5. To develop and maintain a database of composite specimens containing well-characterised defects (working with the National Composites Centre)
  6. To work with the structural integrity and design communities to identify and define mechanisms through which NDT/CM can ‘enable’ optimised composite designs
  7. To pursue 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
Monolithic
Sandwich
Fibre-metal laminates (for example, GLARE)
Bonded metal/composite hybrid (for example, composite repair patch on metal structure)
3D composites – 3D weave
Concrete
Timber/wood
Bonded joints
Other joints

Reinforcement
Carbon fibres (particles, short and long fibres)
Glass fibres
Kevlar fibres
Silicon carbide (used in titanium matrix composites)

Matrix types
Polymer/Organic (PMCs) – eg thermoset, thermoplastic
Metal (MMCs) – eg titanium, aluminium
Ceramic (CMCs)
Hybrid
Carbon (carbon-carbon composites)

Sandwich core materials
Nomex honeycomb
Aluminium honeycomb
Foam
Balsa

Scope of implementation

Manufacturing methods
In-service Inspection
Pre Preg, RTM
Link to structural integrity design
Tape/Sheet
BVID, Access, Impact detection
Consolidation
Repair
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:
Academia
BINDT
Catapult/Technology Transfer Centres

Communities represented:
NDT
SHM
Structural integrity
Trainers in NDT
End-users

Automotive Composites Workshop 2017
To view the presentations featured in the composites workshop programme, click here.


Click here to view the report from the 2017 automotive composites workshop.

 

Aerospace Composites Workshop 2016
Click here to view the report from the 2016 aerospace composites workshop.