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ICARUS

An ICT enabled approach to optimising the reliability of manual ultrasonic non-destructive testing

Manual ultrasonic non-destructive testing (MUT) is vital to the integrity and performance management of capital assets in safety critical industries including aerospace, chemical processing and power generation. The MUT system comprises of the sum of its procedures, equipment and personnel. Given the essential need for robust inspection systems, and the known variability of man-machine interfaces, the reliability of MUT has been comprehensively investigated in recent years with a particular focus upon the influence of Human Factors upon the Probability of defect Detection (PoD). Without exception, these trials have demonstrated that the reliability of MUT is sub-optimal.

Objectives

To develop a system wide approach that improves the performance and functionality of each of the three key elements in the MUT system: the procedure, the equipment, and the personnel in order to create a step-change in the reliability of MUT inspection.

Benefits

The ICARUS system will provide Europe’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector with advanced inspection technology that increases the effectiveness of MRO and hence provides a clear competitive advantage over alternative overseas providers

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 262664.