Non Destructive Testing (NDT)

NDT is a branch of engineering that is used to find defects including cracks, flaws and variations in components that may effect their safety or reliability.

We use various methods including ultrasonics, dye penetrant, eddy current, magnetic particle testing and real time x-ray.

The images below show typical component failures that we have found using ;

  • Magnetic Particle Inspection MPI
  • Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspection DPI
  • X-Ray Inspection RT
  • Ultrasonic Inspection UT
  • Eddy-Current Inspection ET

These processes may be used as an in service requirement to monitor the part or post incident to verify the condition and safety. All parts are returned with a NDT certificate suitable for FIA scrutineering.

Phil Cooper, senior engineer and head of NDT for Comptech Engineering Ltd has 25 years of motorsport experience, with the last 15 years being with a multiple world championship winning Formula 1 team. Personnel are qualified to aerospace PCN level II adhering to all relevant current British standards.

Methods Of NDT Inspection we can offer

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Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI)

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Fluorescent Dye Penetrant Inspection (DPI)

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X-Ray Inspection (RT)

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Ultrasonic Inspection (UT)

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Eddy-Current Inspection (ET)

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Frequently Asked Questions, FAQs

Q. Is it really necessary??
A. A picture says a thousand words. Comptech Engineering Ltd updates the NDT photo archives regularly. Each process has its own photo gallery which can be accessed in the sections above.

Q. What is NDT?
A. Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) (commonly known as crack checking). Carried out during manufacture to ensure finished parts are safe and meet design criteria. During development (RnD and proof testing) to optimise components. During service to ensure safety and reliability.

Q. When should parts be inspected?
A. Manufacturing will have their own requirements, having finished and painted a large fabricated part and then to find defects is very costly both in terms of time and money. Other parts can be done whenever required, NDT has no adverse effect on parts and can be performed as often as you would like. Usually performed when certain mileage or hours have been accrued, but also after an incident/ accident. Or as a required inspection for example FIA certification.

Q. What is the cost?
A. We charge significantly less than an automotive main dealer hourly rate! We have a common part price list, a ARB bracket is a bracket and costed as such. Please contact us directly with your requirements. We happily will do “one offs” and you will only be charged at our hourly rate.

Q. Where?
A. We are based in Brackley with easy access to M40 and M1. We can offer a mobile service and even race support within the UK and Europe.