A non-destructive testing (NDT) procedure for DolphiTech’s ultrasound camera system has received Airbus acceptance. With the acceptance, the DolphiCam will now be available for 2D and 3D test inspection of materials and structures on the A350 composite aircraft.
The NDT procedure establishes general requirements to perform inspections of monolithic carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) structures, looking for visible indications of damage using the DolphiCam’s extremely high-resolution transducers. The lightweight, mobile ultrasound camera system provides high resolution images of damage and defects, which are viewed through the software that comes with the camera. Thomas Berg de Jose, DolphiTech’s sales director, says the company can also create customized software solutions for customers needing specific systems.
“The acceptance by Airbus once again shows that our technology and line of products meets even the strictest industry standards,” says Berg de Jose. “With previous acceptance for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, airline operators and inspection service providers can now truly benefit from investments in our solutions.”
According to Berg de Jose, these Airbus and Boeing acceptances are currently just for the company’s original DolphiCam system, which has been in production since 2012. Berg de Jose says the DolphiCam2, which will become available for shipping in April, is a better performance product and should be “considerably shorter in gaining the same approvals or even new ones.”
Aerospace customers currently using DolphiTech’s ultrasound camera products include Boeing, Airbus, GE Aviation and Spirit Aerosystems.