Ultrasonic NDT in Aerospace

Non-destructive testing (NDT) is an indispensable component of the aviation industry, as it contributes to ensuring the safety of aircraft and other aerial vehicles. One of the most crucial techniques within NDT is ultrasonic testing, which enables precise inspection of components without causing damage. We collaborate closely with international experts in ultrasonic testing systems to ensure that your ultrasonic inspections are conducted at the highest level:


ScanMaster Systems IRT for inspection systems in immersion technology

ScanMaster specialises in submersible inspection systems, which are essential for the non-destructive testing of aerospace components. Their innovative technologies enable thorough underwater inspection to detect and evaluate even the smallest defects. ScanMaster’s immersion inspection systems are designed for high throughput and multi-shift operation in industrial and laboratory environments. Learn more

Air-coupled ultrasonic testing

Air-coupled UT enables precise inspection of highly attenuating materials that were previously difficult or impossible to access with conventional water-coupled ultrasonic testing methods. This allows for non-destructive and effective ultrasonic examination of modern composite materials such as GFRP and CFRP, as well as highly attenuating honeycomb structures used primarily in modern lightweight construction.

Advantages of Ultrasonic Testing in Aviation

By analysing the reflected ultrasonic waves, engineers can identify defects such as cracks, blowholes or porosity and determine their size, shape and position. Ultrasonic testing offers several advantages for the inspection of aerospace components:

  • High accuracy and reliability: ultrasonic inspection enables precise localisation and characterisation of defects.
  • Non-invasive inspection: Inspection can be performed without the need to destroy the sample.
  • Early detection of damage: Regular ultrasonic inspections allow damage to be detected and repaired at an early stage before it leads to serious problems.

Your NDT Expert.

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  • What types of defects can be detected with ultrasonic testing?

    Ultrasonic testing can be used to detect various defects such as cracks, porosity, blowholes and material irregularities. This ensures the safety and reliability of aircraft.

  • How often should ultrasonic testing be carried out in aviation?

    The frequency of ultrasonic inspections depends on various factors such as the age of the aircraft, its frequency of use and the operating conditions. As a rule, however, they are carried out regularly in accordance with the airlines’ maintenance schedules.

  • How can I ensure that my aircraft components comply with safety standards?

    To ensure that your aircraft components comply with safety standards, you should have regular ultrasonic inspections carried out and ensure that these are performed by qualified and certified inspectors.

  • Why is non-destructive testing with ultrasound important in the aviation industry?

    Non-destructive testing with ultrasound is important because it makes it possible to check the integrity of aircraft components without damaging them. This allows potential defects to be recognised at an early stage and accidents to be avoided.

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