NDT inspection of aircraft structures

NDT services:

  • Non-destructive testing of materials (NDT) using state-of-the-art tools such as UT, PAUT, ET, ECA ET, PT, VT
  • Certified personnel for NDT measurement
  • Designing an effective system of operational inspections
  • Experimental verification of parameters of new methods and devices
  • Extending the life of aging structures
  • Determination of permissible damage, identification of related experimental and computational characteristics
  • Destructive inspection of structures ("teardown inspections")
  • Dedicated inspection procedures for composite and hybrid materials (CFRP, GLARE, etc.)
  • Development of NDT methods and procedures for assessing degradation of materials



  • Visual method – endoscope IPLEX G Lite , IF8D2, stereomicroscope (Olympus), cameras
  • Eddy Current method – Defectometer 2.835 (Foerster), EddyScan 30 (Nortec), Olympus OmniScan MX ECA, Olympus Nortec 500D
  • Ultrasound and acoustic methods (UT, PAUT)– MasterScan 340 (SonaTest), BondMaster 1000 (OLYMPUS), USM Go, Olympus OmniScan MX PA (SW Tomoview)
  • Low-frequency UT system STARMAN DIO 2000
  • Immersion bathtub 2000 x 1200 x 600 mm with an automated manipulator
  • Acoustic emission method (AE) – Xedo (Dakel)
  • Thermographic analysis– FLIR systems AB Flir E60
  • Shearography – FlawExplorerTWO (Dantec Dynamics)
  • Liquid Penetrates (PT) – Ardrox (Chemetall)
  • Experimental stress analysis (strain gauges, fiber optics, contactless DIC systems -Aramis, Pontos, Q-400) 



  • ISO 9712, EN 4179, NAS-410, SNT-TC-1A, ISO 17024



  • VT (Visual Testing),ISO 9712 level 3, VT (Visual Testing), EN 4179 level 2, NAS-410 level 2
  • UT (Ultrasonic Testing)  ISO 9712 level 3
  • ET (Eddy Current Testing) ISO 9712 level 2
  • PT (Penetration testing) ISO 9712 level 2
  • Civil Aviation Authority L-3-078 according to CAA-TI-012-x/99
  • ISO 9001:2008


Research projects:

  • IMAC-PRO – „Industrialization of manufacturing technologies for composite profiles for aerospace applications“, (2008-2012, FP7, project No.212014)
  • THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES - “Verification methods for design and production technology for parts of advanced structures made of reinforced thermoplastic”, (2009-2012. MIT – TIP1, project No. FR-TI1/463)
  • IMS-CPS – „Fire resistance of structural composites“, (2010-2013, FP7, project No. 246243)
  • CERFAC – „Cost-effective reinforcement of fastener areas in composites“, (2010-2014, FP7, project No.266026)
  • INKOM – “Integration of composite materials into airframe of small transport aircraft”, (2012-2015, MIT-TIP, project No. FR-TI4/543)
  • BOPACS – „Boltless assembling and repair Of Primary Aerospace Composite Structures“, (2012-2016, FP7 EU, project No. 314180)
  • THERMOPLASTS – “Research and development of modern production technologies for parts and applications made of high performance composites with thermoplastic matrix”, (2013-2016, TAČR – ALFA3, project No. TA03010209)
  • CANAL – „CreAting Nonconvention Laminates“, (2013-2017, FP7, project No. 605583)
  • FSS – FUTURE SKY SAFETY, ”WP7.2 - Material solutions to mitigate fire, smoke and fumes in cabin“,  (2015-2018, EK - H2020, project No. 640597)
  • CKLT – „Research centre for advanced aircraft structures”, (2012-2019, TAČR – Centre of Competence, project No. TA02000032)
  • OPTIKOM – “Composites with modified surface optic properties for space applications”, (2017-2020, MPO – TRIO, project No. FV20457)
  • OASIS – “Optimisation of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and Laser Beam Welding (LBW) for assembly of structural aircraft parts“, (2018-2020, JTI Clean Sky 2, project No. 785557)
  • THERMOPLAST – “Design and technology development for aircraft primary structural parts of advanced shape made of thermoplastic materials”, (2018-2020, MIT ministry, program TRIO, project No. FV30033)
  • DREAM – „Design and Realization of equipped engine compartments including cowling for a fast compound rotorcraft“, (2017-2021, JTI Clean Sky 2, EU,  project No. 737955)
  • “Smart and reliable aircraft structures“, partial objectives 1-2 (2018-2022, institutional funding of MIT via “DKRVO” )


Contact person:

Dr. Ing. Roman Růžek, Head of Materials, technologies and NDT, VZLU
tel: +420 225 115 153, e-mail: ruzek@vzlu.cz