NineSigma’s client has been working to use augmented reality (AR) to visualize data from nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques in relation to the inspected object. Using augmented reality to combine NDE data with a digital representation of the part being inspected permits the viewer to interpret data and assess the health of the object. Previous efforts focused on AR display of data on a part after collecting the data.
NineSigma’s client would like to view data in relation to the part as it is collected (in real time) to allow the NDE operator to adjust how he/she collects data. For example, consider inspection of a welded joint between a pipe and a flange. The inspector collecting NDE data starts by looking at the weld region. During data collection, he/she observes signals that indicate a crack. At that moment, the inspector can adjust probe position to enable a more detailed survey in the suspicious region.
Typical NDE measurements include electromagnetic eddy current testing (ECT) or ultrasonic testing (UT). The goal is to develop a system suitable for inspecting components that would require about 1 hour for manual inspection.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
- Demonstrate process on a laboratory model component
Phase 2 – Engineering development
- Process refinement
- Complete system development
- Field trial of integrated system
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Client will consider for advancement an approach that meets performance criteria with acceptable economics and pathway to commercialization.