We are excited to announce that £1.4M of EPSRC and industry funding has been received to develop a new capability for real-time, remote ultrasonic imaging that can be used for NDE. Adaptive Laser Induced Phased Arrays (ALIPA) is a three-year project led by the Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde University, with support from Nottingham and Bristol Universities, which starts this autumn.
This project introduces a new concept to phased array ultrasonics, beyond the limits of geometrical, ultrasonic frequency and mode array characteristics of conventional transducer based ultrasonic phased arrays, by adapting the array to the demands of the inspected structure, on-the-fly. The means to achieve such a radical change is the use of Laser Induced Phased Arrays (LIPAs) based on principles of laser ultrasonics. These remote, couplant-free ultrasonic arrays, made of light, can be applied in extreme environments, for in process monitoring or in-service volumetric inspection and offer the array design freedom to address current and future demands of non destructive evaluation of advanced materials and processes.
Principle Investigator, Dr Theodosia Stratoudaki (Teti), emphasised the importance of this project: “The long-term vision behind this project goes beyond inspection – to develop a method for monitoring and control of in-process parameters, in extreme environments such as fusion reactors or turbine engines”.
Principle Investigator: T. Stratoudaki (Strathclyde University)
Co-investigators: M. Clark (Nottingham University) and P. Wilcox (Bristol University)
- Hitachi Ltd (Project Partner)
- BAE Systems Maritime (Project Partner)
- Sellafield Ltd, United Kingdom (Project Partner)
- EURATOM/CCFE, United Kingdom (Project Partner)
More information can be found on the EPSRC website.