I am participating and leading the robotics activities in the FETopen project CompInnova : An Advanced Methodology for the Inspection and Quantification of Damage in Aerospace Composites and Metals using an Innovative Approach. The project has 5 partners and an overall budget of 2.5M Euros of which 500K Euros are allocated for LTU. The project duration is 42 months starting from September 2015.
CompInnova has been inspired by the innovative need for more efficient and reliable damage inspection, reducing time and cost of aircraft infrastructures, as well as maintenance-especially C and D Checks- without compromising the safety of passengers and goods transported. The CompInnova project is focused upon the development of an innovative inspection methodology, with automated and manual capabilities, for any type of composite and metallic aircraft structures. The novel structural integrity approach is comprised by three parts: a qualified Phased Array (PA) and Infrared Thermography (IRT) method attached to a mobile Vortex robot, a Damage Tolerance (DT) structural integrity assessment technique processed on a computer and an innovative repair system.