Non-destructive testing

Non-destructive testing methods are used to investigate damage progression in component testing, and also help to investigate instances of damage, serve as a form of quality control, and are used for product monitoring purposes. In addition, they are widely used in the maintenance and repair of vehicles, components and systems.

In such cases, our qualified inspectors offer extensive experience in planning, coordinating and implementing large-scale testing and inspection activities, from coupon testing to across-the-board permanent monitoring of technical equipment.

In our own laboratories, but also at your premises, we can make statements regarding the quality of your test item. Our test personnel are qualified according to the ISO 9712 and EN 4179 standards and offer many procedures that allow non-destructive testing. We work according to German and international standards and guidelines (DIN, ASTM, ISO, etc.), or in accordance with factory settings.

Aviation-specific NDT courses on eddy currents and ultrasonic testing also take place at IMA Dresden. These are in line with DIN EN 4179 and NAS 410. Our non-destructive testing training is accredited by NANDTB-Germany and meets the EASA AMC 145.A.30(f) requirements.

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Our portfolio


Training and Seminars

Benefit from our cross-industry know-how: In training courses and seminars directly at your company or at our site, you will receive extensive specialist knowledge - from courses for non-destructive testing (ZfP / NDT) about the FKM guideline "Computational Strength Verification of Machine Components" to software user training for WIAM® fatigue RIFEST.

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Damage analysis

Determining causes and effects experimentally - we assess damage cases and thus support the cause clarification. Our experienced engineers help you to investigate undesirable damage phenomena in detail - for example, by materialography, acoustic damage detection or non-destructive testing methods.

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Whether it's for life-time certification or certification of the aircraft component, IMA engineers test, simulate, or calculate any design group of an aircraft, such as aircraft, for reliable results. B. hull works, structures, tail units, trolleys and engines and interior components.

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At our testing and development center, we test all rail vehicle components and materials for strength and service life. In terms of product and operational safety as well as quality assurance, we bundle the forces of testing and test design in our company with measurement, calculation, simulation and proof of strength as well as construction.

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Powerful for every vehicle type - our strength tests, approval tests or development tests are proven to be reliable for testing the operational strength and service life of automotive components, media-conducting systems, electrical components and materials.

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Wind Energy

In the development and approval process, we support manufacturers of wind turbines, component manufacturers in the development and approval process and power generation companies in validation, damage analysis, product optimization and structural monitoring. Materials, structures, components or structures are extensively tested, including characterization, strength testing, durability testing and system tests.

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Simulation and Strength Assessments

As a holistic development partner, we provide reliable information about design and lifetime by determining component strengths and examining stress, strain, and stability already during construction and dimensioning process. By means of calculated assessments of strength, designs are optimized and designed to be reliable.

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Environmental Simulation and Vibration

External influences such as vibration, impact, cold, heat, moisture or water spray are simulated on vibration tables and in climatic chambers. We subject your product, for example, to vibration testing, shock testing, climatic testing, determination of Woehler-lines, pressure pulse tests, bursting pressure test, leak test, corrosion test and transport simulation.

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Materials databases

The databases of our WIAM® product line provide material information and characteristic values ​​that are used reliably for material selection, design, standardization, calculation and simulation. The data pool draws on material and fundamental experiments from the last five decades, and new materials are systematically integrated.

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Software and Software Solutions

We have solved the management of data and documents from processes in the areas of research and development, simulation and calculation, laboratory, quality management, process development and production planning - with the WIAM® database systems we offer suitable software solutions with flexible data structures, display options and evaluations.

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The interdisciplinary area of Non-Destructive Testing at IMA Dresden examines structures and components in the test phase and in real use in cases of damage. Moreover, it examines when and where damage occurs, how it develops and how a structure reacts to cyclic loads after an impact. Delaminations, material deviations, tears or foreign material that has entered are made visible, allowing conclusions to be drawn about materials, technology, processes, operation and optimisation.

For this we use the very latest testing techniques and tailor-made testing concepts. Alongside the traditional methods that make use of manual testing, we also use special procedures such as the immersion technique, the phased array technique on CFK, GFK und GLARE® and the four-frequency rototest. Our specialists in non-destructive testing will help you with the most suitable procedure for your Needs.

With our extensive experience in non-destructive analysis of metallic materials and fibre composite materials, as well as myriad component analysis, from bogies to the Airbus A380-800, our non-destructive testing specialists will provide you with assistance and offer you the full range of non-destructive testing services, from a feasibility study through to the development of testing procedures, implementation, evaluation, recording and the results report.

Testing methods

Ultra sonic test (UT)

  • Mobile testing
  • Contact technique
  • Phased array technique
  • Immersion technique

Eddy current test (ET)

  • Mobile testing
  • Multifrequency testing
  • Conductivity measuring
  • Measurement of layer thickness
  • Surface crack testing

Magnaflux test (MT)

  • Fluorescent magnetic particle inspection
  • Black/White contrast magnetic particle inspection

Penetration test (PT)

  • Fluorescent penetrant testing
  • Dye penetration testing

Visual inspection

  • Direct visual inspection
  • Indirect visual inspection (endoscopy)

Thermography (TT)

Tap test

Optical test methods (ARAMIS, PONTOS)



Aviation-specific non-destructive testing training courses

IMA Dresden holds several courses every year on non-destructive testing procedures. In cooperation with EFW Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH and Testia GmbH, aviation content is taught at the training centre in Dresden, based on material from the NANDTB.

The training is focused on future-oriented topics: the requirements of a maintenance company and specific aspects of component testing, knowledge of materials and approval tests. Another plus is that new developments in aviation, such as manufacturing processes, materials and test methods, are continually being incorporated.

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