Hexagon Digital Wave, a business of Hexagon Composites, has signed a contract with a US-based Type 3 composite cylinder manufacturer to supply Ultrasonic Examination (UE) equipment for its cylinders intended for the aerospace industry.
The UE equipment will enable the testing of the interior metallic liners for structural integrity and manufacturing flaws prior to completing the composite overwrap.
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“We feel privileged to deliver our first aerospace UE installation and have our equipment chosen for such a technically advanced industry,” said UE International Sales Manager Keith Fountain.
“The non-destructive testing attributes play a vital role in the design to ensure operational flight safety,” he added.
UE uses advanced electronics and sensors that assess the structural integrity of high-pressure metallic cylinders for overall safety. UE has been the market leader in periodic testing for high-pressure seamless metallic cylinders for 15 years and allows customers to test their cylinders without venting the gaseous contents.
The UE machine will be delivered in the second quarter of 2021.
Hexagon Digital Wave, a subsidiary of Hexagon Composites ASA, is a manufacturer of Ultrasonic Examination (UE) cylinder testing equipment, Modal Acoustic Emission (MAE) testing equipment and a provider of associated inspection services. With applications worldwide, Hexagon Digital Wave serves government entities, academic institutes, and private clients in the compressed gas and pressure vessel industries.