Patent Number: 6,637,266

Title: Non-destructive inspection, testing and evaluation systems for intact aircraft and components and method therefore

Abstract: A non-destructive inspection, testing and evaluation system and process is provided for the review of aircraft components. The system provides for a structure configured to contain an inspection and testing apparatus and the aircraft components under inspection. The structure is lined with shielding to attenuate the emission of radiation to the outside of the structure and has corbels therein to support the components that constitute the inspection and testing apparatus. The inspection and testing apparatus is coupled to the structure, resulting in the formation of a gantry for supporting a carriage and a mast is mounted on the carriage. The inspection and testing equipment is mounted on the mast which forms, in part, at least one radiographic inspection robot capable of precise positioning over large ranges of motion. The carriage is coupled to the mast for supporting and allowing translation of the equipment mounted on the mast. The mast is configured to provide yaw movement to the equipment.

Inventors: Froom; Douglas Allen (Orangevale, CA)


International Classification: G01N 29/44 (20060101); G01N 29/26 (20060101); G01N 29/22 (20060101); G01N 29/265 (20060101); G01N 29/24 (20060101); G01N 029/04 ()

Expiration Date: 10/28/2011