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

Mckenna, James P. and McLean, Neil I. and Gachagan, A. and McArthur, S.D.J. and Hayward, G. (2008) An advanced flaw-response modelling approach for inspection qualification using a multi-agent system software platform. In: Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation: 34th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation. AIP Conference Proceedings. American Institute of Physics, pp. 1598-1605. ISBN 978-0-7354-0494-6

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Abstract

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.