The Sonaflex FSW Systems uses a set of ultrasonic testing probes consisting two Phased Array probes (PA 1 and PA 2) with a total of 16 channels and eight angle beam transducers arranged in two groups for performing TOFD/ATOFD. ATOFD is an advanced variant of the classical TOFD method, which was developed due to its excellent performance for assessing friction stir welds.
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Demo of the ultrasonic testing procedure of a friction stir welded aluminium plate
Water is used to provide better coupling between the PAUD-TOFD transducers and the friction stir welded parts to be inspected. A clever system has been developed to dry off the wet workpieces.
The PAUD-TOFD system was installed in a FSW machine operated by Sespel, a Russian company that gained so much expertise during the day-to-day application of friction stir welding in Cheboksary that Roscosmos called a group of Sespel's specialists to Samara in 2020 to implement friction stir welding to the Soyuz-5 launch vehicle and carry out the operations.