The AutoDISC project is now over a year in. Initial investigations into basic specifications have been concluded, and developments and refinements are progressing quickly.
Recently the Q5 partner meeting was held, and there follows a brief summary of the progress to date.
Innotec UK has installed the motor and control cables in the prototype gantry system and is further developing the gantry-control software. The end-effector control software has been successfully trialled.
Plant Integrity (PI) has specified the ultrasound-testing (UT) system, and Jackweld has developed a range of interesting end-effector designs. PI and Jackweld continue to collaborate on a novel water-coupling method.
NetComposites will use drop-weight impact tests to verify a new way of representing delamination in composite laminates. Further work will look at identifying disbonds and porosity in composites for UT.
KCC has developed software, including an Android app, to give more accurate calculation of object dimensions. Work continues with the integration of revised algorithms into the gantry-control and automatic defect recognition software.
BIC has improved the defect identification performance, through signal filtering/processing and image thresholding. It will present work relating to these developments at the Aerospace Event 2016 in Bristol, organised by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT).
The consortium has also been strengthening links with industry partners to inform the direction of AutoDISC, and to reinforce the ideas behind the technology being developed.
You can also keep up with progress by visiting the project’s LinkedIn site, at