24 – 26 October 2018 in Dresden, Germany


Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E) is one of the major requirements in aerospace structural design. Hardly any of the components manufactured is not allowed to pass quality assurance without having gone through any of the various NDT procedures being around and certified. For damage tolerant design as used in aviation NDT is a prerequisite. Appropriate use of NDT guarantees safety in aerospace and is thus a subject of highest attention.

Although aerospace industries have to clearly stick to certified NDT procedures, there is a large amount of technology being currently developed within the engineering science discipline, which is worth to be discussed with respect to their potential of being applied. The widespread use of emerging materials such as CFRP composites or new manufacturing processes for aerospace structural components such as additive manufacturing has also given rise to many new questions regarding materials’ and structural reliability and manufacturing methods in the light of NDT&E, from a research as well as a manufacturing, assembly and operations point of view. Automation in NDT using robotics and structural health monitoring are other major issues being highly discussed within the aeronautics community. Finally there is the handling of large amounts of data in NDT currently discussed within the context of ‘big data’, which requires appropriate handling. All of this needs to be discussed within the frame of prognostics and health management, being a subject increasingly elaborated on from the research as well as the application side.

Antonov 124 Maintenance at Leipzig Airport © VD-Group

To communicate latest R&D achievements to industrial applicants on the one hand and to discuss advanced and improved methods both with scientists as well as industrial researchers and applicants on the other, the Symposium for NDT in Aerospace has been established in 2008 and organised on an annual basis since 2010. It has been run in places worldwide all around the globe where aerospace has a home including Hamburg/Germany, Montreal/Canada, Augsburg/Germany, Singapore, Madrid/Spain, Bremen/Germany, Bengaluru/India and Xiamen/China so far. The 10th Symposium for NDT in Aerospace will now be held in October 2018 in Dresden/Germany.

Major topics to be discussed among others at this event will include the physics of NDT, sensors and material interaction, additive manufacturing, design of complete inspection systems with a focus on robotics, data evaluation in the context of ‘big data’ and prognostics and health management. A focus will also be placed towards improvement in inspection speed and transfer of laboratory NDT into production and manufacturing process integrated testing for in-line inspection. Within the symposium also a special student session is considered to provide a frame for the next generation to link into the scientific and industrial community.

Presentations are expected to have a strong relation to current and future applications for materials characterisation and component inspection within a laboratory, production, maintenance, repair and overhaul environment. The contents may range from existing to new results as well as new and challenging NDT ideas still under research and development. It is hoped to combine and bring together the experience of industrial researchers and practitioners with the ideas and creativity of scientists to enable a fruitful dialogue for further improvement of NDT in Aerospace.

This Symposium of NDT in Aerospace is intended to provide uniqueness also in a way that major portions will be held as a single session event only. In that case every speaker will be given a voice to the plenum before presenting and discussing the respective subject in a special session in more detail. Well selected invited speakers will address topics of high relevance in special keynote lectures and specific reception-typed discussion fora will be established as parallel events where different speakers as well as exhibitors will be able to extensively discuss NDT topics of relevance to aerospace during late afternoon sessions. This will allow symposium attendees to learn more about relevant issues of NDT in aerospace.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Boller
Saarland University
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning Heuer
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Purschke
German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) 


  • NDT methods like ultrasound, x-ray, eddy current, thermal imaging, laser based and optical surface inspection etc.
  • Component inspection
  • Material characterisation including additive manufacturing
  • Data evaluation and image processing with a scope on big data management
  • NDT system design
  • Production integrated NDT&E
  • Mobile NDT&E for maintenance, repair and overhaul including robotics
  • Damage tolerance
  • Aging Aircraft
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Prognostics and Health Management

Presentations addressing the topics mentioned above and considering any NDT methods proposed such as thermal imaging, eddy current, ultrasonics, optics, x-ray testing and many others will be most welcome. Opportunities for exhibition of technology and posters will be provided, as well as technical visits to relevant aerospace companies.

Keynote Presentations

Speaker Topic
William H. Prosser
NASA Langley Research Center,
Hampton, USA
NASA Applications of Robotics for NDT of Aerospace Vehicles


Visits to Aviation Companys

Three alternative technical visits to aviation companies on Friday, 26 October 2018 are provided. Booking is only possible in connection with participation in the symposium. Registration for the tours is based on first come first serve. In case of overbooking, a waiting list will be created.

Leipzig Tour

Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Service GmbH (AMTES GmbH) operates a maintenance base certified for Boeing 777-200/300, Boeing 747-200/300/400/8, Boeing 737CL, AN-124 and IL-76 presented in two airports in Germany – Leipzig/Halle and Frankfurt/Main. Take the opportunity and get to know the AMTES location at Leipzig/Halle Airport. Highlight is the visit of an AN 124.

Departure: 10:30 h at Steigenberger Hotel

End of Tour: 16:30 h at Steigenberger Hotel

max. number of participants: 50


Amtes - Kopie (2)-1

Dresden Tour I

IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH develops and performs customized testing of all types of materials and components. The focal point of the business is the design, performance and evaluation of certification and development tests for complex aircraft structures and components. During the tour you will visit the NDT Training Center and get to know more about current aerospace projects and test rig developments.

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) combines various aviation and technology activities under a single roof. As the Centre of Excellence Freighter, EFW pushes the further development of the Airbus freighter family. The company has a workforce of about 1,250 employees, achieved in 2016 revenues of more than € 270 million. Visit the aircraft hangar of EFW – what concretely can be seen here, is not known until shortly before the tour.

Departure: 10:30 h at Steigenberger Hotel

11:00 – 12:00 h Tour IMA 
12:30 – 14:00 h Tour EFW 

End of Tour: 14:30 h at Steigenberger Hotel

max. number of participants: 35

Dresden Tour II

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) combines various aviation and technology activities under a single roof. As the Centre of Excellence Freighter, EFW pushes the further development of the Airbus freighter family. The company has a workforce of about 1,250 employees, achieved in 2016 revenues of more than € 270 million. Visit the aircraft hangar of EFW – what concretely can be seen here, is not known until shortly before the tour.

Departure: 10:30 h at Steigenberger Hotel

End of Tour: 13:00 h at Steigenberger Hotel

max. number of participants: 35

EFW - Kopie-2


A vendor exhibition will be conducted to complement the technical presentations. A limited number of exhibit booths of
4 – 6 m² is available.

The rental fee is 300 € per m² plus Value Added Tax (VAT). 

For each booth one conference badge with full conference participation will be provided.


The 10th International Symposium on NDT in Aerospace provides an ideal opportunity to draw attention to your business by sponsoring.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact the conference secretariat by e-mail or phone (+49 30 67807-120).

Registration Fees
Deadline for registration: 26 September 2018

750 €

Registration Fee
Early-bird (680 €) until 15 August 2018

Available soon
600 €

Presenting Authors
only one person per paper

Available soon
250 €

up to 30 years

Available soon

Fees are including scientific programme, excursions, proceedings, participation in social programme, daily lunch and refreshments.

The expense of every single meal is less than 60 €.

Terms of Cancellation

Cancellation of participation can only be refunded if the cancellation is received in time:

by 12 September 2018: 50% of the participation fee
from 13 September 2018: no refund possible

The participation fee for presenting authors (for all kinds of presentations) whose papers were accepted for the programme cannot be refunded in any case.


Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe

Neumarkt 9
01067 Dresden, Germany


For reservation in the conference hotel:

Booking code: NDT in Aerospace (until 22 August 2018)
Single room: 119.00 €/night incl. breakfast
Double room: 139.00 €/night incl. breakfast

Phone: +49 351 4386-800
Fax: +49 351 4386-899
E-mail: desaxe-dresden@steigenberger.de  


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Where Western and Eastern Aerospace Industry Meet

The Free State of Saxony is an important location for the aviation industry. Around 160 companies and research facilities employ more than 7,000 people and generate an annual turnover of around 1.4 billion euros.

The players include the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Service GmbH (AMTES) at Leipzig airport, where among others Antonov cargo aircraft are maintained. The cargo service provider Volga-Dnepr Airlines with the world's largest AN 124 cargo aircraft fleet is also based in Leipzig. At Dresden airport, Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) (a daughter company of ST Aerospace and Airbus) converts passenger to cargo aircraft. IABG mbH and IMA GmbH, also based in Dresden, are globally reknown companies in aeronautics active in the field of ​​materials and structural testing. In addition, there is a large number of small and medium-sized companies, such as Cotesa GmbH, Hightex Verstärkungsstrukturen GmbH or EAST-4D® Carbon Technology GmbH, which manufacture components for the aircraft industry in the Free State of Saxony.

Dates & Downloads

Important Dates

  • Abstract submision: 15 June 2018
  • Registration and payment of presenting authors: 31 July 2018
  • Final Programme: August 2018
  • Early-bird registration: 15 August 2018
  • Full paper submission: 15 September 2018
  • Conference: 24 – 26 October 2018