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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
MiCi Multimodal and in-situ characterization of inhomogenous materials
ADAM ADAM - Advanced Multimodal Data Analysis and Visualization of Composites based on Grating Interferometer Micro-CT Data - www.3dct.at/adam
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

 

Multimodal and in-situ characterization of inhomogenous materials

MiCi: 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2021

Multimodal and non-destructive testing (NDT) methods are essential in order to characterize materials during their processing, e.g. during thermo-mechanical treatments, and to enable in-situ monitoring of the production process. In this project different NDT methods will be realized in a multimodal test rig. This enables the comparability of different NDT methods. In addition, a new high-resolution X-ray computed tomography system with in-situ stages will be acquired and used for the characterization and validation of NDT methods. Beneath experimental validations, resolution limits of the different NDT methods will be compared to theoretical limits. The experimental and theoretical approach will help to identify the best NDT methods for characterizing certain processes and to locate critical defects within the inspected materials.

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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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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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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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