Complex Geometry Systems
Producing ultrasonic test systems since 1987
USL’s flagship system family, the 10-axis complex geometry is used every day around the world in a multitude of locations to inspecting a broad range of aerospace components.
Flat, single or double curvature components, J-Nose/leading edge inspections. Monolithic, laminate, aluminium or Nomex honeycomb structures, components with complex surface geometries.
Typically operated using multiple timeslots to capture all required inspections in a single pass.
Suitable for the following:
The system is built around a substantial welded base framework fabricated from steel tubular section, supporting corner posts and upper-framework. This provides a rigid infrastructure for the linear guides and drives.
Axis motion is controlled by state-of-the-art USL Scanner software. Manual set up and motion is via a USL wireless joystick.
Each side of the machine has two manipulator axes configured as X-tip and Z-tip (gimbal-gimbal). This manipulator configuration allows the system to accurately follow surfaces whilst maintaining the transducer normal to the component surface. Below the X tip gearbox sits a pneumatically actuated collision detect sensor which stops any motion should a collision be encountered.
A self-contained water system sits adjacent to the system and includes a sand particle filter and UV treatment lamp for removal of particulate and bacteriological contamination. 2 AC-servo motors power the pumps which supply the squirters with water.
|Travel limits||as specified||1800mm||2800mm||±90°||±125°|
|Resolution||0.01mm||0.01mm||0.01mm||0.02° or better||0.01° or better|
|Repeatability *||±0.1mm||±0.1mm||±0.1mm||± 0.050||± 0.050|
|Move accuracy *||±0.05mm/300mm||±0.05mm/300mm||±0.05mm/300mm||0.1° or better||0.1° or better|
|Speed range **||1 to 1000mm/sec||1 to 750mm/sec||1 to 500mm/sec||1 to 30°/sec||1 to 30°/sec|
(*) These figures apply when measuring the axis in one direction of motion.
(**) The speed of the indexing axes during scanning is controlled automatically by the computer according to the motion required and the slowest axis utilised for that motion. Speeds listed are recommended maximums.
To ensure the system suits your specific needs, you can add any of the following options to one of our machines below:
Base framework can be pit-mounted for flooring flush with surrounding area. Rails to allow roll-in fixtures are an option.
Typical height of 2.4 metres, width of 2 metres, scalable anywhere from 4 to 20 metres in length. These dimensions can be adjusted to suit majority of requirements.
A variety of squirter nozzles and configurations are available to suit a range of surface geometries including dual-frequency transducer capabilities, J-nose or leading-edge compact manipulators. Phased-array squirter assemblies are also possible with this system.
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