Thin-film ultrasonic sensor for aerospace NDT to launch in June

Scottish-startup Novosound is preparing to launch its first flexible thin-film ultrasound sensor for inspecting curved surfaces, after securing a £3.3 million (US$4.3 million) investment in its technology.

The flexible phased array, which is 0.25mm thick and can be customized to various lengths and shapes is connected to standard hardware scanners and imaging devices for non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection. The first market Novosound is targeting for the device is inspection in aircraft maintenance and repair.

The device to be launched in June this year is Novosound’s first in a range of ultrasound sensors it is planning for the aerospace market made using the company’s patented thin-film deposition manufacturing process.

The recent funding round was led by the Foresight Williams Technology Fund, which is investing £1.5 million (US$1.9 million) alongside Scottish and European government funding and investments from existing shareholders Par Equity, Kelvin Capital, Gabriel Investments, the University of the West of Scotland, and the Scottish Investment Bank.

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