The use of composite materials has increased dramatically in a range of industries such as marine, aerospace, wind energy, automotive and medical. Sonatest have worked for several years with R&D departments in a number of composite material suppliers as well as manufacturers. With expertise in composite testing and knowledge of material processes, Sonatest are the ideal company to work with to provide comprehensive solutions for the testing of composite components. The RapidScan series has been optimised for the detection, measurement and quantification of a number of defects common to composites including de-laminations, inclusions, porosity, bonding etc.
Ben Pierrepont of Pierrepont Analysis is an NDT specialist supplying a mobile NDT and consultancy service to the marine, green energy (wind turbines) and automotive industries.
“I use the Rapidscan 2 for a wide variety applications and find it ideal for its ease of use, accuracy and efficient scanning speed, providing me and my clients with detailed clear C-scan images, identifying any anomalies easily. Projects have included scanning glue joints, monolithic test panels and skin-to-core interfaces in sandwich panels. As well as producing high quality testing equipment, Sonatest also provide excellent customer support.”
The image to the right shows Ben scanning the skin-to-core interface in honeycomb and foam cored laminates of the hulls of yachts to verify build quality.