FlawScout NDT

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The FlawScout is an inspection solution for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Quality Control applications, commonly used on composites and metallic materials. The system is based on Laser Shearography and consists of a sensor unit and a laptop with controlling and reporting software.

The FlawScout supports inspection areas of up to ~0.1 m2 (~ 1 ft2) in one shot. The system can be configured with optional excitation modules based on heat, vacuum, or vibration excitation respectively, making it suitable for a range of applications from research and QA in manufacturing to in-field inspection operations.

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FlawScout Laboratory setup with heat excitation to check for defects in composite test specimen

The FlawScout quickly detects and locates discontinuities in composites materials. The system systematically finds flaws such as Wrinkles, Disbonds, Delaminations, Cracks, Crushed core, Kissing bonds, Fluid ingress, Cracked cores, Repair defects, Voids, Foreign Objects, Impact damage (BVID’s), etc. Typically the inspection result is obtained in less than 30 seconds which makes it the perfect solution for quick inspection cycles in industrial NDT as well as composite research and development areas.

Applicable materials include, but are not limited to; composite honeycomb, rubber, composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV), ceramics, glass-fiber laminates, metal honeycombs, carbon-fiber (CFRP) laminates, fiber-metal laminates, bi-metals, foam-cores, cork, leather and metal-metal bonds.

Special FlawScout offers for Universities and research centers are available on request.

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