K-Project for Non-destructive Testing and Tomography

K-Project ZPT: September 2009 - August 2014 

The need for NDT methods is driven by the development/innovation of new products, materials and technologies and by the demand for enhanced quality control and cost reduction in industry. Many countries have already established specialized research centre for NDT. With the K-Project an applications-orientated NDT research centre will be created in Austria concentrating and strengthening research on modern NDT methods and application in the country. The combined expertise on NDT-methods and applications-oriented materials science will build a unique knowledge base with regard to non-destructive evaluation. The main focus will be on the following methods...

  • Multi-scale X-ray computed tomography down to high resolutions below 500 nm
  • Optical coherence tomography for analysis of defects and strain
  • Active thermography for quantitative analysis as well as photo acoustics and non-contact ultrasound for structural investigations
  • Data evaluation methods for quantitative heterogeneity and critical defect analysis


Methods of non-destructive testing (NDT) – in particular 3D methods – have gained great importance over the past years. To examine materials and components without influencing their form or their further use – precisely non-destructive – is a popular wish in modern quality control. Non-destructive testing methods meet these demands and at the same time grant central information about the structure and dimension, the physical and mechanical properties, the composition and the chemical analysis of the materials and components. Because of these considerable advantages and the great demand for material- and technological innovations, improved product safety and cost reduction, the research of NDT methods is increasingly pressed ahead by the industry.


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The use of non-destructive testing methods is already common in many fields of industry and further application possibilities increase constantly. Numerous states have reacted to the demands of the industry and created specialized NDT-research centers. With the K-Project Austria too will create an application-oriented cooperative NDT-research center.

Goals and Fields of Research

The main goals of the “K-Project for Non-destructive Testing and Tomography” are to increase the competitiveness of the Austrian industry, to improve and strengthen the research infrastructure and to create a unique NDT-knowledge base. A distinctive feature of the K-Project is the combination of NDT-expertise and application-oriented material science. The following two strategic research fields will be worked through multi-company and strategic projects:

  • Area 1: Non-destructive Testing for Critical Defect Analysis in Materials
  • Area 2: Tomography


  • NDT and defect analysis in heterogeneous polymer materials
  • Non-contact ultrasonics, thermography and IR-spectroscopy
  • Heterogeneities in metallic cast structures
  • New tomography methods
  • X-ray computed tomography for dimensional measurements
  • Interaction of waves with anisotropic materials and structures
  • Evaluation of critical defects and structures by in-situ and high resolution methods
  • Technology transfer and educational program


The primary research focus lies on the following methods:

  • Multi-scale X-ray computed tomography down to high resolutions below 500nm
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Active thermography and photo acoustics
  • Non-contact ultrasound und terahertz testing
  • Data evaluation methods for quantitative heterogeneity and critical defect analysis 

Internationale Partner

  • BAM – Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin/D
  • FEDERA MS – Federation Rhone-Alpes Materiaux de Structure et Proprietes d’usage/FR
  • Kath. University Leuven, Research group “Materials Performance and Non-Destructive Testing”, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Leuven/BE
  • Slovak Academy of Science, Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Bratislava/SK
  • University Stuttgart, Institute of Polymer Engineering, NDT Department, Stuttgart/D

Project Consortia

Scientific Partners

  1. FH OÖ Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH, CT-Forschungsgruppe
  3. TU Wien, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft und Werkstofftechnologie
  4. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Entwicklungszentrum Röntgentechnik (EZRT)

Company Partners

  1. Borealis Polyolefine GmbH
  2. Böhler Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG
  3. Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
  4. Constantia Teich GmbH Dräxlmaier Group - EKB Elektro- u. Kunststofftechnik GmbH
  5. FACC AG
  6. FCI Austria GmbH
  7. Fritz Egger GmbH&Co. OG
  8. Georg Fischer Eisenguss GmbH
  9. Gruber & Kaja High Tech Metals GmbH
  10. Lenzing AG
  11. Nemak Linz GmbH
  12. ÖGfZP – Austrian Society for Non-destructive Testing
  13. voestalpine Stahl GmbH




Project Leader: Johann Kastner
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Tel.: +43 50804-14110 

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