Strata & Masdar Institute display aerospace structure test prototype

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a research-driven, independent, graduate-level university that specializes in advanced energy and sustainable technologies, recently unveiled a novel prototype for testing aerospace structures.

The prototype detects defects in aerospace structures using a non-destructive testing approach. This new method guarantees faster, more efficient inspection rates.

“As the aerospace industry continues to experience rapid growth here in the UAE, we are constantly seeking R&D collaborations that result in the delivery of high quality products with increased reliability,” HE Mr. Al Shemmari, the chief executive officer of Aerospace & Engineering Services at Mabudala Development Co., said. “Our work with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, in collaboration with Strata, directly supports our strategy of partnering with academic institutions to advance innovation across the sector and help further the UAE’s knowledge-based economy. The development of this new state-of-the-art system is evidence of the talent and drive the UAE has to advance our position in the global aerospace industry.”

Strata CEO Badr Al Olama said they are immensely proud of this new technological development that will strengthen Strata’s global competitiveness and offer reliable and repeatable manufacturing solutions that benefits our customers. 

“We have set a vision to become one of the top three aerostructure companies globally, and this requires a pragmatic and practical approach to R&D that is essential to compete and sustain the continuous technological development of the aerospace sector," he said. "Our partnership with the Masdar Institute of Technology, and this new technological breakthrough, is a clear testament to our joint commitment to industry.”

Masdar Institute President  Fred Moavenzadeh said the collaboration is an ideal blend of academia, industry and government with direct relevance to UAE enterprises.

“Masdar Institute is not only aiding the sustainable development of the aerospace industry through the creation of this highly innovative prototype, but we are also ensuring that the next generation of our workforce is provided with advanced, highly technical aerospace and engineering skill sets,"  Moavenzadeh said. “The prototype that we have developed uses advanced thermal imaging to detect stresses, fractures and cavities on and inside aerospace structures. After a comprehensive analysis to develop in-house coding, the current prototype can complete the detection process for a variety of defects in few seconds. It also provides real-time data and images allowing for further inspection of the structure.”

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