New ICT approach to Automate Non-destructive Testing and Inspections with Evaluation of Damage Tolerance in Composite Structures (NDT2DT)


The NDT2DT project aims to develop software tools to bring together two state of the art technologies for composite material structures. In the recent years, significant advances have been made in rapid, phased array ultrasonic and X-ray tomography for 3D volumetric mapping of internal damage of composites. In parallel, the modelling techniques to assess damage tolerance (DT) are rapidly being implemented in finite element analysis (FEA) codes. This project is to join these two technologies together so that the non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection method will rapidly give a qualitative decision to the operator of the composite material asset being inspected. The proposed techniques can apply to quality control (manufacturing), maintenance or in-service inspections. Currently, the inspection methods used may detect damage but any assessment relies on the engineering judgement of the asset owner. The main objective of this project is to develop software tools that will enable the transfer of NDT information obtained on composite material structures directly into the FEA code for subsequent failure analysis.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Materials Engineering Research Laboratory Limited, Worthing £149,811 £ 89,886


Wavelength Ndt Limited, SHEFFIELD £50,326 £ 25,163
Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited, London, United Kingdom £86,177 £ 35,807
Samtech Limited, MIDDLESEX. £90,234 £ 37,396


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