Aerospace Workshop 2019

8 April 2019, National Composites Centre, Bristol, UK 

This workshop, organised by the Aerospace Committee of BINDT, will present current research and developments in NDT and SHM for aerospace composites that are being undertaken to support their introduction and use in the aerospace sector.

This workshop aims to review progress towards meeting the NDT and SHM requirements as defined at the 2016 workshop on aerospace composites. This will
cover NDT research applicable at the design stage, in process verification and towards better-informed concession decisions; all areas that were identified could provide significant benefit for aerospace composites.

The attendance fee is £70.00 + VAT.

This fee covers attendance at the workshop, lunch, other refreshments and a tour of the facilities at the NCC.

To register for this event, please download the booking form by clicking here.
Please return your forms to the conferences and events department by email,

Discount: BINDT Members*
- £10.00
Discount: NDT Level 2s*
- £15.00
*Only one discount will apply

Monday 8 April 2019
All presentations will take place in the Faraday & Newton rooms
 08.30-09.00 Registration
 09.00-09.10 Welcome and overview of proceedings
 David Hallam, DSTL
  Session 1: Setting the scene – Highlight requirements, where we are to date and where we want to be etc.
 09.10-09.35 NDE requirements and opportunities for improved through-life
 management of composites
 David Hallam, DSTL
 09.35-10.00 The latest composites for military air vehicles and the challenges
 this will bring for NDT

 Kevin Pickup, BAE Systems
 10.00-10.25  NDE of out-of-plane ply waviness in doubly curved CFRP aircraft
 structures – stress analysis perspectives
 Vijay Sahadevan, GKN Aerospace
 10.25-10.55 Tea and coffee

 Session 2: Structural health monitoring (SHM)
 Where we are – Industry
 Dr Amir Rezai, BAE Systems
 SHM research at University of Sheffield
 Dr Ramon Fuentes, University of Sheffield
 SHM for composite materials within the Clean Sky 2 'Sherlock' project
 Dr Zahra Sharif-Khodaei, Imperial College

 Session 3: NDT for the design and manufacturing stage
 Ply waviness imaging using FMC
 Tom Bertenshaw, GKN Aerospace
 Transitioning ultrasonic ply-tracking algorithms from academia to industry
Part 1
Part 2
 Professor Robert Smith, University of Bristol
 Project plan on reshaping the testing pyramid programme
 Professor Robert Smith, University of Bristol
 14.25-14.50  Eddy current characterisation of composite stacking sequence  Dr Rob Hughes, University of Bristol
 Tea and coffee

 Session 4: Process verification and concession decision-making
 Robotic inspection of high value and large-scale aircraft wings
 Dr Carmelo Mineo, University of Strathclyde
 15.35-16.35  Panel session – Discuss and agree the way forward
 - Are we on the right path?
 - Do we need to refine requirements/research direction?
 - What is required to deliver these requirements/benefits?
 16.35-16.45  Review of the day's talks and discussions
 16.45-17.20  Tour of National Composites Centre
 17.20  Depart

For further information, contact: Conferences and Events Department, BINDT, Midsummer House, Riverside Way,
Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX, UK. Tel: +44(0)1604 438300; Fax: +44(0)1604 438301; Email: