An advanced flaw-response modelling approach for inspection qualification using a multi-agent system software platform

James P. Mckenna, Neil I. McLean, A. Gachagan, S.D.J. McArthur, G. Hayward

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This paper describes the application of a Multi-Agent System used in the design and qualification of ultrasonic NDT inspections using theoretical ultrasonic flaw-response modelling. When a large number of models are available the selection of the most appropriate one for a given inspection scenario becomes time-consuming; the disparate nature of the software models prevents easy integration with other NDT software tools to automate this process. A prototype Inspection Qualification Multi-Agent System has been developed which incorporates a rule-based software system to perform the flaw-response model selection procedure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReview of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation: 34th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation. AIP Conference Proceedings
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • NDE
  • agents
  • flaw-response modelling
  • inspection qualification
  • nondestructive testing
  • ultrasonic testing
  • photoacoustic testing
  • computer software
  • software reviews

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