Project: Validated inspection techniques for composites in energy applications

Fibre reinforced plastics offer a combination of properties not available in traditional materials. Their advantages, including excellent mechanical properties, low weight, fatigue and corrosion resistance, make them ideal for use in renewable energy, oil and gas, and transport applications. However, a diverse range of defects and imperfections can reduce the strength, stiffness and lifetime of the materials, hindering their wider usage. One of the challenges facing accurate and repeatable defect detection is the many different types of defect that can be introduced during processing and fabrication. This project will develop and validate traceable procedures for novel non-destructive evaluation techniques to detect a range of defect types with a high level of confidence and ensure material quality. This will result in increased safety, life expectancy, energy efficiency and sustainability of fibre reinforced plastics, and increase their acceptance in European industry.

Acronym ENG57 VITCEA (Reference Number: ENG57)
Duration 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
4 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
5 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives France