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Our Projects

The CT research group at the Wels Campus is working on different research projects in cooperation with various scientific research organisations and industrial partners.

Running research projects  

Acronym Project Name
K-Project ZPT+ K-Project for Non-destructive Testing and Tomography Plus - www.nondestructive.at
INTERAQCT International Network for the Training of Early stage Researchers on Advanced Quality control by Computed Tomography - www.interaqct.eu
NanoXCT Compact X-ray computed tomography system for non destructive characterization of nano materials - www.nanoxct.eu 
QUICOM Quantitative inspection of complex composite aeronautic parts using advanced X-ray techniques - www.quicom.eu
3D-SFC 3D Simulation of Defect Accumulation of Orientation-dependent fiber-reinforced polymers through Computed Tomography
RegStore Storage of Renewable Electricity with CO2-binding via Electro-biotechnology
ReCarboFit Development of a technical service for the repair of CFRP-components
K1-Met Competence Center for Excellent Technologies in Advanced Metallurgical and Environmental Process Development
4EMobility Energy-efficient Economic and Ecological Mobility
ADAM ADAM - Advanced Multimodal Data Analysis and Visualization of Composites based on Grating Interferometer Micro-CT Data

 

ADAM - Advanced Multimodal Data Analysis and Visualization of Composites based on Grating Interferometer Micro-CT Data

ADAM project duration: 01.03.2016 - 28.02.2019

Within recent years, the need for new, cost-effective, function-oriented, highly integrated, and light-weight components has strongly grown in many high-tech industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, and construction. The drivers behind this trend are mainly found in the rising application demands regarding efficiency, safety, environment, and comfort. Among desired functional and -mechanical properties, the requirements on new materials and components include high strength, elasticity, durability, energy efficiency, and light weight. Unlike conventional materials such as aluminum, steel, or alloys, fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) – composites made of a polymer matrix reinforced with carbon, glass, or other type of fibers – fulfill these requirements to a high extent. To design new materials and components, detailed investigations and characterizations of FRP materials are vital. In industrial settings, FRP components and materials are nondestructively tested, e.g., by visual inspection, tapping, or ultrasonic inspection. However, conventional methods are increasingly facing their limits regarding accuracy, level-of-detail, and inspection time. To overcome these limitations, industrial 3D X-ray computed tomography (XCT) has received much attention in quality control due to its high spatial resolution and ability to precisely capture external and internal structures in one scan. Compared to other non-destructive testing methods for FRPs, XCT is yet the only method capable of delivering full 3D information for detailed inspection and quality control.

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International Network for the Training of Early stage Researchers on Advanced Quality control by Computed Tomography

NanoXCT: October 2013 – September 2017

The non-destructive quality control of a wide variety of high-added value products, produced by innovative manufacturing techniques, remains a challenge. Examples include additive manufacturing parts, micro parts, and fibre reinforced composite parts. Common to these workpieces is the dependency of their performance on internal and inaccessible elements. Nevertheless, customers in multiple sectors are requesting certified quality and reliability.

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K-Project for Non-destructive Testing and Tomography

K-Project ZPT: September 2009 - August 2014 

The need for NDT methods is driven by the development/innovation of new products, materials and technologies and by the demand for enhanced quality control and cost reduction in industry. Many countries have already established specialized research centre for NDT. With the K-Project an applications-orientated NDT research centre will be created in Austria concentrating and strengthening research on modern NDT methods and application in the country. The combined expertise on NDT-methods and applications-oriented materials science will build a unique knowledge base with regard to non-destructive evaluation. The main focus will be on the following methods...

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Quantitative inspection of complex composite aeronautic parts using advanced X-ray techniques

QUICOM: October 2012 – September 2015

Recent years have seen a rapidly growing demand from aeronautic industry regarding function-oriented, highly integrated, energy-efficient and lightweight structures. In advanced composites a promising material was found, which integrates these characteristics allowing for continuously elevating the complexity of new components concerning shape and internal structure. The consequences of this increasing complexity are tremendously raising efforts in quality control, as conventional nondestructive testing methods are reaching their limits and become either extremely time-consuming or unusable for a full inspection. QUICOM aims at taking the next big step in the development of aeronautic components by...

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Compact X-ray computed tomography system for non destructive characterization of nano materials

NanoXCT: May 2012 – April 2015

Within the past decades, advances in miniaturization from micro to nano-scale have had dramatic impacts on our lives. Consumer electronics, which once occupied large volumes, now fit in the palm of a hand. But nanotechnology does not only improve electronics. Also material sciences, chemical engineering or biology are strongly profiting from nanotechnology. The tremendous achievements in all of these areas would not have been possible without corresponding material analytics techniques. Material analytics for nano-scale characterization currently cover destructive methods, surface inspection methods or 2D methods. To date it is not possible to get a comprehensive representation of a specimen including internal and external 3D-structure analysis as well as a chemical analysis without destroying the sample. In this respect nano-scale material analytics is currently on the edge of a new era, which is targeted in NanoXCT. The project addresses the limitations of conventional techniques using 3D X-ray computed tomography, which allows for a non-destructive and fully three-dimensional characterization of specimens.

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3D Simulation of defect accumulation in orientation-dependent fiber-reinforced polymers through computed tomography

3D-SFC: March 2012 – February 2014

The major goal of this project is to realise reliable strength and lifetime predictions for real fibre reinforced thermoplastic polymers that consider the effect of changes in microstructure at fatigue testing on the mechanical stability of the final product. Especially for highly loaded components from automotive industry, fatigue tests are performed in order to determine damage by use of three-dimensional computed tomography. Using this information, theoretical models will be established that consider the mechanisms of damage and local fibre orientation, which are able to predict the remaining lifetime of a product. Product design can be performed considerably more time- and material- efficient by use of the developed models. The results of this project are especially important for automotive industry, light weight applications as well as leisure-, electrical- and consumer goods industry.

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Competence Center for Excellent Technologies in Advanced Metallurgical and Environmental Process Development

K1-Met: July 2012 - May 2015

K1-MET has its focus on the modelling and simulation of metallurgical processes, including metallurgical raw materials and refractoriness with the goal of an optimal process control with respect to product quality, zero waste and the minimization of energy and raw materials.

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Energy-efficient Economic and Ecological Mobility

4EMobility: November 2009 – December 2013

During the last decades, a clear trend formed in industry of constantly driving industrial research towards new tailored materials as well as cost-effective, function-oriented, highly integrated and light-weight components. The driving forces behind this trend are the high requirements regarding efficiency, environment, safety as well as comfort.

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