Survey on inspection techniques for composites


NPL (UK), BAM (Germany), PTB (Germany), CMI (Czech Republic) and CEA (France) are collaborating on a three-year European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) project  on the development, validation and, ultimately, standardisation of non-destructive inspection techniques for polymer composite materials in energy applications (Project ENG57 - VITCEA). The techniques to be studied are:
  • Phased array ultrasonics
  • Air-coupled ultrasonics
  • Active thermography
  • Shearography
  • Microwave.
At this stage, industrial input is required to help define the inspection challenges being faced, both today and those expected in the future.

More information on the project, which will run from July 2014 to June 2017, is available via the VITCEA project publishable summary ( Project progress, results and outputs will also be available via the VITCEA website, which is currently under construction.
In order to help steer the project work and enable more targeted solutions, ensuring industrial relevance and application, interested parties are invited to complete the VITCEA survey  (

The responses provided will not be reported, publicised or shared and will be treated as confidential information. The information provided will only be used for the purposes of defining the generic inspection challenges and combinations of defect and material types that will be addressed by the project. The survey can be completed confidentially and there is no obligation to provide contact details. Those wishing to have a closer interaction with the VITCEA project can leave contact details.