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A review of miniaturised Non-Destructive Testing technologies for in-situ inspections

Du, W., Zhao, Y., Roy, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5491-7437 , Addepalli, S. & Tinsley, L. (2018). A review of miniaturised Non-Destructive Testing technologies for in-situ inspections. Procedia Manufacturing, 16, pp. 16-23. doi: 10.1016/j.promfg.2018.10.152


Non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques have become attractive trends of product manufacturing, installation and post-maintenance in the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industry, because of its benefits such as cost saving, easy to use and high efficiency etc. With the industrial products becoming large-scale, high integration and complication, developing the NDT miniaturisation technique for in-situ inspections is highly demanded and becoming an inevitable trend. However, in-situ inspection using NDT have been limited by a number of factors, such as the heavy weight, large size or complex structure etc. This paper aims to systematically identify and analyse the current state-of-the-art of NDT miniaturisation techniques in research and innovation, and discuss the challenge and prospect of miniaturisation of the commonly used NDT techniques.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Publisher Keywords: Miniaturisation; Low-cost; In-situ; Magnetic Particle Inspection; Ultrasonic Testing; Infrared thermography; Radiographic Testing
Subjects: T Technology
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology
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