Remote Aircraft Composite Inspection Using 3D Imaging Conference Paper uri icon



  • The problem stated is there is no reliable in-service inspection method that quickly and easily detects the composite material damage. The aerospace industry needs to make efficient use of the inspections to turn the aircraft around in an efficient timeframe. This paper discusses the methodology for semi-automatic visualization of the process of inspecting composite materials for damage. The research is focused on the application of inspection of composite damage in aircrafts using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR). Two configurations using the LIDAR is discussed in determining damage to an aircraft. The configurations are derived from several studies using smaller aircraft parts and a small autonomous RMax helicopter. This study helps provide a solution for a quick turnaround and an efficient scan of the possible composite damage in aircraft. The four primary objectives are: Objective 1: Determine whether semi-automated three-dimensional visualization composite inspection techniques are as effective as experienced human inspectors in locating potential composite damage. Objective 2: Determine whether data from several Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) cameras can be combined for use in conducting semi-automated three-dimensional visualization composite inspections. Objective 3: Determine whether LIDAR camera scans can be performed on a moving aircraft for use with semi-automated three-dimensional visualization composite inspections. Objective 4: Assess the important human factors contributors associated with interpreting the LIDAR camera scan data.

publication date

  • July 2016