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EPSRC Reference: GR/T22322/01
Title: An Agent Based Software System for 3D Ultrasonic Inspection with Quantified Capability
Principal Investigator: Hayward, Professor G
Other Investigators:
McArthur, Professor S Gachagan, Professor A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BNFL Doosan Power Systems (Mitsui Babcock) NDT Soft
Rolls-Royce Plc (UK)
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2004 Ends: 31 December 2007 Value (£): 113,480
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Energy
Related Grants:
GR/T22339/01
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The aim of the project is to create an advanced software environment - an NDE Laboratory - to support all aspects of the ultrasonic inspection of safety-critical components. It will offer full capability for CAD-assisted inspection design; automated prediction of inspection capability through the use of theoretical models and intelligent systems, as well as the 3D presentation and interpretation of inspection data. A key aspect of the research will be the use of intelligent agents to provide a much more open, flexible and dynamic structure for bringing together the different types of system software components, both large and small, in a distributed programming environment. Agents go beyond the object-orientated approach, as each module is capable of independent action through having a degree of inbuilt intelligence (autonomous). Each agent can perceive its environment and can respond to changes in that environment (reactive). They also operate as part of a community of agents in order to accomplish a larger goal (social), where agents of different type and scale cooperate and complete tasks in parallel without direct user intervention. The second major aim is the creation of four new mathematical modelling agents: three, to simulate angled-beam probes which are fluid-coupled to curved, uneven surfaces and receive signals scattered from embedded elliptical cracks and the fourth, to calculate the diffraction coefficients in the canonical problem of diffraction from straightedged 2 D wedges, with wedge angles between 20 and 360 degrees. These results can then be applied to the rapid and efficient modelling of responses from surface breaking cracks at any angle and from the corners of flat-bottomed holes.
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