CAMX 2015 spotlights advanced testing for CFRP defects in aircraft structures

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 1, 2015) – Aldo Bellotti, director of engineering at NLA Diagnostics, LLC, will take the stage to discuss Impact Resonance Testing of Damaged Aerospace CFRP Materials and Structures at the upcoming CAMX 2015 (The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo). Decision-makers from aerospace and other industries will gather for the presentation on Thursday, October 29 from 9:30 – 9:55 a.m. in room D171 at the Dallas Convention Center.

Bellotti’s talk will focus on comparing impact resonance testing and results for two typical types of honeycomb composites – 1) Nomex, the CFRP (carbon-fiber reinforced polymer) preferred for rotor blades on UH60 utility helicopters, and 2) aluminum honeycomb composites used for commercial aircraft inner fixed structure (IFS) applications. Impact resonance testing is a non-destructive test method that makes gentle impacts on the material to detect damage. Bellotti will explain how testing from one side of the structure can also detect damage on the opposite side.  Automatic analysis of the signal response and power spectra effectively differentiates between undamaged and damaged composite material.

NLA Diagnostics makes a unique, handheld instrument called the NLAD Cheetah™ designed for performing impact resonance technique on various forms of aerospace materials and structures at a rate of 10 taps per second. Testing can be performed at a fraction of the time needed for subjective, manual tap testing. Such technological efficiency means those responsible for keeping aircraft airborne can accurately and easily test for damage right in the field, minimizing downtime incurred in transporting plane and helicopter components for lab testing.

Bellotti’s presentation is tailored for anyone whose job depends on understanding how aircraft control surfaces, wings, rotary blades, nacelles, radomes, turbine fan blades, and fuselages can be compromised by impact damage from bird strikes and other projectiles, fatigue, and thermal damage during service. Even though defects created by faulty manufacturing are often not identifiable by visual inspection, they can also be located and monitored with impact resonance testing to prevent failure.

About NLA Diagnostics

NLA Diagnostics, a veteran-owned enterprise, was created to license and develop technology for the application of non-linear acoustic sound waves and resonance spectra analysis to identify stresses, defects and cracks in aircraft composite components and concrete. Its research and development unit, focused on accelerating the development of resonance technology and expanding its non-linear capabilities, was opened in 2010.  More at NLADiagnostics.com

About CAMX

With 550 exhibitors from around the globe, 300 conference program sessions and more than 7,100 industry contacts, CAMX is known as the place to learn about new research and developments from advanced materials experts. It was created by ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Organization) and SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) to connect communities devoted to advanced materials applications in transportation, aerospace, marine, wind energy, software, construction and infrastructure, medical, academics, sports and leisure. More at thecamx.org

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