Metropolregion Hamburg

Optimisation of NDT process for fibre-reinforced composites

Aviation ServicesMaterialsLeading-Edge Cluster Competition

The goal: a significant increase in the reliability of damage detection and in the efficiency of non-destructive testing procedures in operative deployment.

Two companies from the industry and three university institutes are involved in this project, which aims to achieve a significant improvement in the reliability of damage detection and in the efficiency of non-destructive testing processes in operative deployment.

The increased use of carbon-fibre reinforced polymers (CFRPs) in modern aircraft design is primarily attributable to weight reduction, moulding, stability and durability. In order to guarantee the quality and safety of these new materials, suitably reliable and efficient diagnostic processes for damage detection are essential.

With the aid of optimised analysis processes such as non-destructive testing (NDT), especially active thermography, it will be possible to detect faults and damage more effectively in the future. The active infrared thermography (IRT) process uses thermal imaging based on heat reflection and high-resolution infrared cameras to reveal hidden internal defects in the materials.  This makes it possible to recognise and resolve even the smallest faults and danger points, in line with high quality standards.


Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink,, +49 [0]40-5070-60383


Lufthansa Technik AG, Aircraft Base Maintenance, HAM WZ33


AT - Automation Technology
Institute for Polymer Composites, Institute for Telecommunications and Institute for Modelling and Computation at the Hamburg University of Technology.

Sponsored by

Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the Leading-Edge Cluster strategy