How NDT Needs Remain Unchanging
Without fail, materials used in production have limitations and will reach their breaking point. Unexpectedly if not monitored closely enough. Regular NDT inspections allow us to detect when the material in service has begun deteriorating, or even just got damaged in use. Similar to the inspection process used with a CRJ900 jet when the crew suspected an object to have entered one of the engines during a difficult takeoff, according to an Aerospace Testing International article titled “Borescope inspection reveals jet engine failure“.
For obvious reasons, the jet would land to undergo necessary inspections to determine just how bad the problem was. Without the use of NDT practices, this would have proven to be a difficult task that endured some collateral damage. If the owners of this jet would have needed to strip the jet in order to find what may have gone wrong, then the cost in labor alone would have been significant. Not to mention the cost of replacing any damage done during the search.
The article details how the equipment used during the inspection would allow them to get not only clear images of the damage they were dealing with but also accurate surface area dimensions. This technology allowed inspectors to confidently ground the jet due to considerable damage. The inspector deduced that the damage was possibly caused by a small piece of debris from the runway hitting the blades of the high-pressure compressor.
Nondestructive testing has remained vital to our need for crossing terrain that could be deemed unforgivable. Such as the roadways snaking around mountainsides or the bridges that traverse steep drop-offs and large bodies of water. Though these man-made structures have a definite need for NDT inspections, so do the vehicles that we traverse these various terrains in.
From the cars we use on our daily commute to the rockets we send to Outerspace, all material used must be examined for any defects that could compromise the safety of its passengers. From our experience crossing the ocean, flawed material can leave a boat at the mercy of the ocean’s unpredictable nature. Just imagine the precautions we will want to be done on our spaceships before our vacation to the stars.
Will NDT Inspections Need Change in 2022?
Given the direction of those leading innovations in the aerospace industry and even in 3D printing, we may need to check for any updates needed on NDT technology. As dissected in our blog “3D Printings’ Impressive Imprint on the Aerospace Industry“, 3D printers have come along way and even allowed for less raw material to be used in production of necessary parts used in the aerospace industry. Now it is in order to ensure that current equipment can be used with the same effectiveness on these differently constructed parts.
If the equipment currently at play holds up to the 3D printers intrinsic designs, then the next step will be for testing in Outerspace where lead innovators hope to bring us as tourists. In order for space tourism to truly take form, we must be sure that we have all the necessary equipment functioning in an environment that defies our laws of physics. The reason being most damage to material will take place during use or simply from deterioration. So, with space crafts providing transit and living quarters to civilian passengers, our equipment must be used for maintenance while in space.
This could provide amazing opportunities for future NDT technicians that get chosen to maintain space stations. Most likely only offering the position to seasoned techs, but by getting ahead now the option could be presented in the upcoming decade. Don’t be afraid! Check out AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc. for positions to get you started!