Parts made of laminated composite materials pose an inspection challenge due to their many shapes and thicknesses, and because defects are often located near the surface. However, many parts, such as skins, stringers, and spars, consist of relatively flat sections, for which Olympus offers a complete inspection solution. The Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) Flat Panel Inspection Solution is based on the OmniScan® flaw detector, GLIDER™ scanner, and Mini-Wheel encoder, in addition to probes and specific wedges developed for CFRP Flat Panel Inspection. This solution offers advanced features, such as two-axis encoded C-scans with amplitude and time-of-flight (TOF) information, gate synchronization, and data recording.
Typical defects, such as disbound defects, or inclusions embedded in repaired sections, can be quickly detected during maintenance inspections. The CFRP solution is also easy to implement in manufacturing environments, where delamination and porosity detection is critical. Our solution can be used to perform complete semiautomated mapping on either large surfaces during production, or repairs during maintenance. This solution can also be used for manual inspection of smaller parts, or difficult-to-acccess areas.