Digital Radiography in the Aerospace Industry

In summer 2017, a North Star Imaging X7000 CT system was delivered to the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) in Wichita State University, Kansas.

The system can perform Digital Radiography (2D imaging from X-ray) as well as full 3D CT scanning, and it can also be employed for external and internal inspection of components and for metrology purposes.

System Specifications

The North Star Imaging X7000 CT system includes a shielded cabinet which consists of two detectors and two X-ray sources. The system is capable of inspecting objects up to 5 ft long without any sectioning. It views the objects’ interior features and is perfectly suited for inspection of complex aircraft sections for a number of applications.

These include void detection and the inspection of additively manufactured metal structures to search for features like un-melted powder, porosity and it can also carry out dimensional inspection.

efx-CT Software

Similar to medical X-ray, the images captured are two dimensional (2D). The efx-CT software from North Star Imaging then creates 3D reconstructions from these 2D images which can be processed further to enable tasks like porosity analysis and CT to CAD comparison.

Being the first machine at NIAR to provide such abilities, the X7000 CT system has already proved to be a valuable resource.

Image credit: NIAR.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by North Star Imaging, Inc.

For more information on this source, please visit North Star Imaging, Inc.

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