Thermographic turbine test station

T3S from Thermal Wave Imaging

Complete suite of airfoil inspections in minutes

The Thermal Wave Imaging T3S thermographic turbine test station performs a comprehensive suite of turbine airfoil inspections in a single, consolidated system. This breakthrough technology platform uses advanced thermography to detect hole and channel blockages, measure thermal barrier coating (TBC) wall thickness, detect TBC delamination and detect cracks for land and aerospace based turbine components.

Single test station for multiple applications
Non-contact inspection
Increased speed, accuracy and reliability
Compliments other non-destructive evaluation test procedures

T3S can replace many time-intensive inspections currently performed on multiple test systems.  Its modular architecture can be configured to meet specific turbine inspection requirements.

Conventional non-destructive techniques (NDT) used today to inspect for blockages, cracks, thickness and adhesion typically take days to complete. T3S offers improved performance and time savings by an order of magnitude. The net benefit is increased inspection sensitivity, increased throughput, and significant cost reduction and return on investment.

TWI’s ground-breaking TAFIS - Thermal Air Flow Inspection System, specifically designed to detect blocked cooling holes in turbine airfoils, is built on the T3S platform.

Cooling hole blockage
Thickness measurement
TBC/MCrAIY disbonds
Structural integrity
Residual core

"Thermography is particularly good for finding flaws such as a void behind the RCC silicon carbide outer layer.”

- Dr. William Winfree, NASA Scientist


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