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Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Health Monitoring techniques

Training the next generation of aerospace scientists and engineers in NDT and SHM techniques.

Project leader

Prof Gui Yun Tian


October 2016 to September 2020


EU: Horizon 2020


The consortium comprises universities, research organisations and major European companies.


The consortium has a wide range of expertise in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) techniques for aerospace. These are both are key technologies.

We will train a new generation of scientists and engineers with a wide range of theoretical and experimental skills. They will know how to develop their research and entrepreneurial activities in academia and in industry. They will actively promote quality inspection and structural monitoring in aerospace components.

An extensive training programme

The programme will provide recruited researchers with extensive and varied training.

Fundamental skills for NDT and SHM

The Consortium will provide training in the skills needed as a foundation for further study. It will deliver a comprehensive programme of short courses and seminars.

NDT and SHM techniques for aerospace

Researchers will undertake relevant training at host institutions. They will take part in Workshops and Conferences. The Consortium and major international research associations will deliver these events.

Technology transfer and entrepreneurship

Short courses and seminars organised by the Consortium will provide participants with these skills.

Innovative research in aircraft inspection techniques

The research programme will consolidate current NDT and SHM methods of aircraft inspection. We will also explore novel techniques. We will:

  • investigate new physical phenomena and sensors
  • develop models to correlate inspection results with material properties
  • quantify NDT techniques through their probability of detecting reference defects
  • develop procedures for automatic detection and classification of defects

We will transfer the results of our research to industry.

Industry and universities working together

Consortium members will work together to deliver this training programme. We will stimulate scientific collaboration by secondment of recruited researchers. Our research will improve the integration and comparison of different NDT techniques.