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Concept and Project Objectives

In response to the urgency of improving maintenance quality, while reducing the cost and time for a heavy aircraft inspection, the CompInnova project proposes an innovative approach to this problem through the development of a multitask inspection tool. The novel approach will combine, for the first time, inspection, DT assessment, repair features for all the damaged components of the aircraft, metallic and composite. The CompInnova methodology will result to maintenance duration, cost and risk reduction. It will be comprised by a) a Vortex robot capable of carrying two different inspection equipment, PA for metallic and IRT for composite components, b) online/semi-online DT numerical assessment of damaged components and c) an integrated, to the Vortex robot, repair system for the inspected damaged aircraft components. Moreover, PA and IRT equipment will be used for quality control of the repaired region

The ultimate objective of the CompInnova project is to deliver a novel automated prompt for NDT approach capable for the first time to detect, evaluate and repair damages on either metallic or composite aircraft components.

Some of the key problems faced by the consortium are the following:


  • Development and functionality of PA technique and hardware:


  • Development and functionality of IRT technique and hardware


  • Modelling assessment of defects in aircraft structure through the development of storage, defect detection and sizing, characterisation algorithms


  • Develop special repair equipment, optimised for the repair of metals and composites


  • Vortex robot construction for inspection and repaid of aircraft structures


  • Integration and validation of the prototype system and performance trials



CompInnova Project Target
CompInnova Project Target


About Consortium

The CompInnova consortium consists of 5 partners, 4 Universities and 1 SME from 3 different countries. They constitute a broad representation of organizations involved in Materials and Chemistry Science including composites and aerospace alloys, Modelling, Robotics, Inspection Methods, Sensors, Signal processing, Software and Electronics. The proposed consortium brings together technological skills, industrial objectives, geographical representation, synergistic business interests and non-competitive positions, each with a specific role to play in the completion of the work and the exploitation of its results, without duplication of efforts or commercial conflicts.

Project Partners

CompInnova project partners are:


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