Frequently Asked Questions

Can the RollerFORM be used for applications other than aerospace?
The RollerFORM design is optimized for inspection of defects present in the volume of CFRP panels that are 2 to 50 mm thick. However, there are certainly other applications for which the RollerFORM can be advantageous, keeping in mind that the maximum frequency available is 5 MHz and the maximum allowable surface temperature is 80 °C (maximum 2 minutes continuous inspection time). To explore the possibility for other applications, please contact your local Olympus representative.


Can the RollerFORM inspect honeycomb panels?
The RollerFORM can detect defects present in the volume of CFRP skin that is 2 to 50 mm thick. The RollerFORM can also be used for near-side detection of disbonding between CFRP layers (thicker than 2 mm) and honeycomb structures for certain material combinations. However, the BondMaster remains the recommended method for disbond detection between CFRP and honeycomb and for delamination detection in CFRP layers thinner than 2 mm.

Can the RollerFORM be used for corrosion mapping inspection?
Yes. Even though the HydroFORM remains the ideal choice for corrosion inspection, the RollerFORM is a suitable option for corrosion applications that do not require optimum near-surface resolution (NSR) or high frequencies. Furthermore, the RollerFORM can be particularly useful for quick checkups or when performing strip inspections on the longitudinal axis of pipes that are 4 in. OD or greater. The RollerFORM has a 3 mm NSR in steel (as opposed to 1.5 mm for the HydroFORM) and has a maximum frequency of 5 MHz. The HydroFORM is also better suited for integration with full 2-D mapping scanners.

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