The accredited NDT test lab at Fraunhofer IKTS offers a complete range of non-destructive testing services for classic routine testing using standard or modified methods. Unconventional tasks, feasibility studies, development of test concepts, and validation/qualification of new processes and test concepts are all part of the accredited test lab’s full-service NDT offering and can be performed for clients in all industries either at the client site or in the testing laboratory according to the specific task.
The full-service NDT offering encompasses all steps from consulting to the individualized test result. Activities can begin with feasibility studies for customized methods, modification, supplementation, or adaptation of existing test methods or development of new methods and continue with validation, conceptual design, and creation of test solutions and customer-specific services. Feasibility studies are conducted for use of existing NDT methods on new materials and applications and for modifications based on existing methods. For each defined problem, the feasibility under the given conditions is checked for a number of different approaches. The accredited NDT test lab draws on commercially available testing technologies as well as all new technologies developed at Fraunhofer IKTS. Individual problems can be solved using state-of-the-art sensors, equipment, and algorithms.
If no standards exist for a specific application case for an NDT method, the NDT test lab optimizes, evaluates, and validates the method under the given customer-specific conditions. With the validation process, which is far-reaching due to the flexible scope of the accreditation, the applicability and the conditions of applicability of a non-standard test method for a specific case are demonstrated through a more detailed investigation.
The flexible-scope validation issued by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) allows the NDT test lab to validate test methods developed in-house in five categories (ultrasonic, eddy current, magnetic particle, penetrant, and visual) and to apply them like standard methods to customer problems. For other methods, any of the available standards can be selected.
Eddy current methods
Micromagnetic materials characterization
Other surface methods