Inspecting turbine blades non-destructively
Turbine blades are among the most sophisticated inspection items stemming from the foundry industry. The great demands placed on inspecting complex turbine components can be met using modern digital X-ray technology.
The quality specifications set for turbine blades and stators are very demanding. This applies not only for usage in the aviation industry but for power-plant operation as well. At the same time, the complexity of turbine blades is being driven ahead due to factors involving weight reduction and optimizing efficiency.
Detecting incompletenesses resulting from the casting process, measuring wall thicknesses or controlling the position of cooling bores are typical tasks for X-ray systems during production.
Turbine blades are welded back together again in the course of maintenance and repairs, then subsequently inspected for cracks and welding flaws. While doing so inspection operators are supported by the modern digital X-ray technology offered by Y.HDR-Inspect.
Computed tomography systems are used for the production of prototypes as well as for spot-check sample inspection. Wall thicknesses and cavities can be measured or the position of cooling bores determined using computed tomography during manual inspection, or inline using fully automatic defect recognition (ADR).
We offer you a wide range of X-ray techniques at our application centers. We design solutions that replace X-ray films, provide radioscopy and fully automatic defect recognition in X-ray images, as well as computed tomography services for scanning inspection items ranging from micro-CT to CT using a linear accelerator.