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Graphic element A new real-time X-ray testing system for material inspection of metal parts
     
 
A new non-destructive testing system with high-resolution and high-sensitivity real-time imaging allows the detection and repair of very small defects.
 

Welding processes have undergone vast changes in recent decades, including increasing computer control and automation. Control systems for process parameter supervision and adaptation, positioning, orientation, and data documentation are crucial in automated welding processes, including the repair of used metal parts.

This project was aimed at developing a new non-destructive testing system for material inspection of metal parts via real-time X-ray analysis. Newly developed microfocus X-ray techniques, along with high-resolution and high-sensitivity real-time imaging, allow the detection of very small defects below several microns in size. When linked with an automated welding system the result is a flexible and highly efficient system for repairing turbine blades.

Partners say their work represents another step towards the "factory of the future", increasing productivity while helping to conserve valuable energy and mineral resources through the recycling of worn-out parts.

Cordis RCN: 6401
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