United Kingdom-Bristol: Miscellaneous general and special-purpose machinery
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: www.nccuk.com
Section II: Object
Automated Composites Integrity (NDT & Metrology) Capability.
The National Composites Centre intends to procure equipment to provide an Automated Composites Integrity Capability to be used for manufacturing research and development purposes.
National Composites Centre
Bristol & Bath Science Park
Feynman Way Central
The functional requirements for the capability are being confirmed with the industry. It is envisaged that the equipment will deliver a state of the art and flexible automated non-destructive testing (NDT) and metrology cell for predominantly composite components and assemblies with an operating envelope of 10m x 5m x 5m with the option to extend the linear length from 10m to 20m.
The key technologies required initially are ultrasonic (UT) NDT, including a smaller component water immersion tank, shearography NDT, thermography NDT and non-contact metrology using photogrammetry. These may be new systems sourced as part of this procurement or the use of existing manual equipment.
A key feature of the capability is integration of different inspection technologies into an automated system and the requirement to be flexible and allow future off-the-shelf inspection equipment to be added and integrated.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
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