Non-destructive testing (NDT) is used throughout engineering and Eastpoint have worked on an exciting Innovate UK project to create a revolutionary NDT simulator.
Called TrainNDT, it is an ultrasonic simulator for NDT training and replicates the experience of scanning a probe over a sample with a genuine flaw. We worked with The Welding Institute (TWI), Applied Inspection Ltd, Uniper and InnoTecUK on the project, funded by Innovate UK.
The simulator uses dummy probes and samples with precise and accurate probe tracking technology, showing the interaction between the beam and the flaws, with seamless upload of the data to a device screen.
TrainNDT solves what is usually a hindrance in NDT testing - the cost and logistics. By reducing the need to ship expensive and hard to find samples, there are many more options for training locations.
In addition, it provides access to a range of flaws and the live data can be shared with trainees. The software also tracks and records a trainee's scanning behaviour.
As part of the TrainNDT project, Eastpoint also created an augmented reality (AR) tool for trainees. It helps them understand mathematical concepts within a 3D space and the data they see during complex NDT operations.
This was a two year project.
Both TrainNDT and the AR tool were on show at the BINDT Materials Testing 2019 conference, at the TWI stand.
See the TrainNDT profile here: https://www.bindt.org/events/NDT-2019/TrainNDT-development-of-an-ultrasonic-training-simulator/