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...
Methods of non-destructive testing (NDT) – in particular 3D methods – have gained great importance over the past years. To examine materials and components without influencing their form or their further use – precisely non-destructive – is a popular wish in modern quality control. Non-destructive testing methods meet these demands and at the same time grant central information about the structure and dimension, the physical and mechanical properties, the composition and the chemical analysis of the materials and components. Because of these considerable advantages and the great demand for material- and technological innovations, improved product safety and cost reduction, the research of NDT methods is increasingly pressed ahead by the industry.
The use of non-destructive testing methods is already common in many fields of industry and further application possibilities increase constantly. Numerous states have reacted to the demands of the industry and created specialized NDT-research centers. With the K-Project Austria too will create an application-oriented cooperative NDT-research center.
Goals and Fields of Research
The main goals of the “K-Project for Non-destructive Testing and Tomography” are to increase the competitiveness of the Austrian industry, to improve and strengthen the research infrastructure and to create a unique NDT-knowledge base. A distinctive feature of the K-Project is the combination of NDT-expertise and application-oriented material science. The following two strategic research fields will be worked through multi-company and strategic projects:
- Area 1: Non-destructive Testing for Critical Defect Analysis in Materials
- Area 2: Tomography
The primary research focus lies on the following methods:
Project Leader: Johann Kastner