Composite C-Scan Stitching with UTmap
Ultrasonic NDT has helped engineers inspect all sorts of composite materials for years.
Whether it be traditional aluminium laminates or today's more complex carbon fibre-based composites; the fast Sonatest RSflite linear scanning technology – also called electronic scanning – offers the ability to acoustically see through these parts, and create high-resolution inspection maps.
Using the UTmap unique Tiled-Scan (T-Scan) stitching capability, comprehensive volumetric integrity reports can be generated and supported by imaging reports that are as easy to interpret as traditional X-Ray, without the hazard mitigation plan.
For large composite structure inspections, the position and overlap precision of the recorded ultrasonic information is a challenge in itself. The UTmap unique stitching capabilities resolve this issue as each stripe of data (C-Scan) can be re-gated and aligned precisely on the T-Scan workspace. It is also possible to import CAD / image overlays and assemble C-Scan stripes from different sections to create a meaningful image for analysis and reporting. UTmap finally offers real-time contouring defect annotations with algorithms that provide precise and automatic measurements for fast defect interpretation and reporting.