SMART UTX: Smart Modular System for Ultrasonic Inspection in Extreme Conditions

Project Summary

Smart UTX (ultrasonic testing extreme) is an IRI project of Institute for Nuclear Technology (INETEC) in collaboration with Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

Project goal is to develop a new device for ultrasonic testing in extreme conditions of high and low temperatures, high pressures and moisture and high doses of ionizing radiation.

Non destructive ultrasonic testing is a very useful method for detecting flaws in materials. It can be used for monitoring critical parts in:

  • Power plants
  • Oil and gas industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Space industry etc.

Testing in extreme conditions is currently limited due to a few factors. The most important one are poor properties of piezoelectric elements used in construction of ultrasonic probes.

Furthermore, most of the scans do not contain defects so manual inspection would be significantly faster if it could be automatized.

Objectives

Project objectives are:

  • Constructing state-of-the-art instrument that will be able to provide similar signal regardless of condition in which the testing was done
  • Development of advanced algorithms that will enable automatic flaw classification

The first part is conducted by INETEC, and second by the Image processing group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

Project Team - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

  • Prof. Sven Lončarić, principal investigator
  • Assoc. Prof. Marko Subašić, researcher
  • Asst. Prof. Tomislav Petković, researcher
  • Duje Medak, researcher
  • Luka Posilović, researcher

Project Duration

The project duration is 48 months, starting from October 2018.

Funding

This research has been funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, under the grant KK.01.2.1.01.0151 (Smart UTX). The project is co-funded by the company INETEC d.o.o.