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Nov, 16, 2022 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Vibrant is pleased to announce it has received the final patent in a series of patents (Unites States Patent No.11,499,945) that secures the intellectual property of the Vibrant Digital Twin Process.
The three patents together cover the use of Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) data in Digital Twin programs, specifically the use of PCRT data to validate model assumptions by combining simulated and physical measurements to inspect and sort parts, and to determine optimal maintenance and inspection cycles.
“This series of patents once again illustrates Vibrant’s leadership in the nondestructive testing space,” says Vibrant Vice President of Technology Leanne Jauriqui. “Much of an engineer’s work today is in a simulated realm and some groups are moving toward using digital twin for virtual or simulated testing of physical components. PCRT data allows us to ensure the accuracy of these digital twin models to maximize the power of computers to help us predict what will happen in the physical world.”
With Digital Twin programs, a computer model is built to represent the physical part that is produced. The model is then subjected to a variety of simulated conditions to assure that the physical part will perform adequately. Resonance frequencies are determined by a component’s material properties and dimensions. PCRT can be used to verify that the model accurately represents the material properties of the physical part. The measurements of the resonance frequencies are then compared to those of the model to assess the accuracy of the model.
This process can be particularly cost effective for expensive aerospace parts. Organizations looking to take advantage of differences in their part population to optimize MRO intervals or life limits need ways to validate model assumptions. Digital twins allow for quantifying, sorting, and grouping parts into sub-groups that might have different maintenance requirements or life limits. PCRT inspections can also provide extra quantitative evidence that a part belongs in a particular sub-group.
Vibrant’s whole part inspection approach is changing how aerospace, automotive, and power generation markets conduct nondestructive testing (NDT). Our revolutionary Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) measures resonance frequencies through whole parts, allowing customers worldwide to test every part and significantly increase final product quality. PCRT applications range from quality assurance and process capability assessment for OEMs to in-service structural assessment and life monitoring for MRO organizations. With facilities in the U.S. and Europe, Vibrant is AS9100 Rev C and ISO 9001:2008 certified.