To speed up developments and reduce resource- and time-consuming physical testing, SKF is focusing on the use of analytical tools and simulations dedicated to NDT. Fig. 8 shows an example of results from sound field pressure modelling in a bearing ring.
SKF collaboration with world-class external partners
To ensure access to the latest developments in the field of NDT, SKF continuously evaluates opportunities for collaboration with the best universities, institutes and suppliers.
One of these initiatives that SKF sponsors is RCNDE  – Research Consortium in Non-Destructive Evaluation. This consortium is a successful collaboration between industry and academia, co-funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Members of this consortium are international industrial companies representing oil and gas, aerospace, nuclear and manufacturing sectors and UK-based universities including the University of Manchester, Imperial College of London, the University of Nottingham, the University of Warwick, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Bristol. These universities are conducting core research to address common general challenges in industry as well as targeted research projects that are addressing specific SKF challenges.
SKF has also recently signed a membership agreement with ARTC – the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, Singapore . This centre supports SKF with developments in manufacturing and remanufacturing technologies at technology readiness levels between 4 and 6, i.e., demonstrating new technologies in a relevant environment. Development of non-destructive technologies for product verification of remanufactured components and manufacturing inspection is a core strength of this centre.
SKF is also a member of Jernkontoret, the branch organization of the Swedish steel industry . One of the research committees of Jernkontoret focuses on NDT. The role of this committee is to initiate and steer non-destructive testing research projects funded by Swedish government agencies that are conducted at Swedish universities and institutes.
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