Integrating flaw-response modelling tools for inspection qualification into a multi-agent system

Mckenna, J.P. and McLean, N.I. and Gachagan, A. and McArthur, S.D.J. and Hayward, G. (2007) Integrating flaw-response modelling tools for inspection qualification into a multi-agent system. In: 46th Annual British Conference on Non-Destructive Testing, 2007-09-18 - 2007-09-20.

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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.