Marine Composites Inspection Workshop 2021

13-14 October 2021
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Poole, UK  

This two-day workshop was organised by the BINDT Composites Group in order to focus on the practice of NDT as performed in the field of marine composites.

The workshop brought together operators, practitioners, suppliers, manufacturers and regulators to demonstrate, discuss and compare approaches to NDT for different types of marine composite structure. It provided an opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions that arise from NDT in this field. The workshop covered the standards and requirements that drive the NDT approach, introduce the variety of inspection methods and techniques that are currently in use in this sector and share best practice.

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Baugh & Weedon Ltd 
Dantec Dynamics Ltd 
dolphitech AS 
High Technology Sources Ltd
Inspection Tech Ltd 
JR Technology Ltd 
Testia Ltd 

Day One – Wednesday 13 October 2021


Welcome and introduction

Rob Rose, NCC and Chair of BINDT Composites Group
 Session 1: Practitioner experience

Chair: Laura Hayday

Babcock Devonport NDT composite overviewGary Whalley, Babcock International Group
09.50-10.10Quantitative structural shearographic NDT of composite maritime structures: lessons learned from 30 years of testing maritime vesselsJohn R Tyrer, Professor of Optical Instrumentation, Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University

Phased array ultrasonics for enhanced evaluation and monitoringGiles Waterhouse, International NDT Ltd
Practical application of advanced ultrasonic imaging techniques for composite material evaluationRichard Freemantle, Wavelength NDT Ltd


Q&A session 

Coffee break and exhibition

 Session 2: Exhibitor session

Chair: Jack Lambert 
11.30-11.45 Zetec's approach to composite inspection Stephen Downie, High Technology Sources Ltd (HTSL) 
11.45-12.00 The training of composite inspectionRob Bilney, Testia Ltd
12.00-12.15 Enhanced capabilities for ultrasonic inspection of marine composites with the dolphicam2Jack Lambert, dolphitech AS 
12.15-12.30 Shearography applications in the marine industry Roland Wahler, Dantec Dynamics Ltd 
12.30-12.45 In-situ inspection and condition assessment of GFRP composite with NIR and other techniques  Nili Steribon, Inspection Tech Ltd 
12.45-13.00 Terahertz technology for coating measurement on composite materialsJoe Buckley, Baugh & Weedon
13.00-13.15 Q&A session 
13.15-14.15 Lunch break and exhibition 
 Practical demonstrations

Chair: Rob Rose 
14.15-16.15 14.15-14.45 Practical use of collaborative robots for on-site inspectionNathan Hartley, TWI Ltd 
14.45-15.15 Composite inspection 'toolbox' Michelle Clapham, Minton, Treharne & Davies Ltd 
15.15-15.45 Shearographic inspection of marine composites and riggingJohn Tyrer, Laser Optical Engineering Ltd 
15.45-16.15 Novel approach to the marine world – from masts to hulls Jack Lambert, dolphitech AS 
16.15-16.45 Coffee and discussion session 
Close for the day 

Day Two – Thursday 14 October 2021


Welcome and introduction

Rob Rose, NCC and Chair of BINDT Composites Group
 Session 1: Regulation and requirement

Chair: Rob Rose

The RNLI's experiences and current application of marine composites NDTHolly Phillips, RNLI
09.50-10.10An insurer's view of composite inspection in the yachting industry – what do we want and how do we use it?Paul Miller, Millstream Underwriting

Work of the marine composites certification groupMichelle Clapham, Minton, Treharne & Davies Ltd
An approach to achieving NDT qualification of composite materialsLaura Hayday, Babcock International Group
Coffee break

 Session 2: What's new 

Chair: Jack Lambert 
11.15-11.35 Automated terahertz imaging of composites Nathan Hartley, TWI Ltd
11.35-11.55 Recent advances in microwave NDT systemsRobin Sloan, Microwave Inspection Technologies Ltd
11.55-12.15 NDE and QA in F1 Iain Bomphrey, University of Strathclyde 
12.15-12.35 MMW imaging of composites with an active source that totally eliminates the problem of specular reflection Dr Geoff Diamond, Inspection Tech Ltd
12.35-12.45 Q&A session 
12.45-13.30 Lunch break 
13.30-14.30 The RNLI tour has now been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
An alternative will be announced as soon as possible.
 Session 3: Open forum 

Chair: Rob Rose 
14.30-15.30 TBC
Workshop close

For further information contact:
Conferences and Events Department, The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing,
Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX, UK.
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