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Morgan Ward NDT Ltd.

Morgan Ward have been leaders in non-destructive testing for almost fifty years and continue to offer top-quality inspection services to a vast range of industries, both in the UK and abroad.


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Morgan Ward NDT is one of the world’s leading providers of non-destructive testing, inspection and advisory services to the aerospace, petrochemical, defence and general engineering industries.

Our highly skilled team of specialist technicians are based at various locations across the UK but offer on-site inspection throughout the UK and the rest of the world.

We have extensive experience supplying personnel and consultancy services for global assignments and international projects.

Morgan Ward have been leaders in non-destructive testing for almost fifty years and continue to offer top-quality inspection services to a vast range of industries, both in the UK and abroad.

The company and its individual technicians carry an extensive range of national, international and customer approvals and certifications.

We deliver an exceptional and efficient, fully certified NDT service to all branches of global industry.

We are NADCAP approved NDT company with 3 facilities in the UK, Prestwick, Manchester and Stansted, covering all the traditional NDT methods together with the more advanced Phased Array UT, Thermography. We also hold CAA and FAA approval for aircraft inspections together with many prime and carrier approvals.


Products & Services
Bond Testing

Ultrasonic bond-testing is a useful means of verifying that glued layers of a material are structurally and adhesively bonded together and fit for purpose.

Resonance testing is an effective method for verifying the structure of thin layers of metal or laminate that are bonded together.

A second variation, mechanical impedance analysis (MIA) helps us to detect defects between the skin and core-cells of sandwich structures

Lastly, pitch-catch technique is particularly useful for detecting skin to core disbands in honeycomb structures.


Most aircraft structures consist of thin layers of aluminium bonded together. Bond testing can be a quick, inexpensive and highly accurate method of finding disbonded areas in aircraft structures (both at manufacturing stage and once in-service).

Helicopter blades, skin panels and many other aircraft contain sandwich structures made from aluminium, fiberglass, or carbon/graphite over a honeycomb core. Bond testing is a highly portable and cost-effective means of verifying structural integrity and ensuring the aircraft is ready for flight.

All our inspectors are level II or level III certified to EN4179 / NAS410.

Dye Penetrant Testing

Dye penetrant testing (also known as liquid penetrant inspection) is a non-destructive testing method for detecting surface-breaking flaws such as cracks, corrosion, porosity, laps and bursts in a variety of non-porous materials including metals, ceramics and plastics.

Whether used on-site or in one of our laboratories, penetrant inspection has, for many years, proven itself to be a highly efficient, cost effective, reliable and safe solution for detecting surface breaking flaws/faults.

Morgan Ward commonly use dye penetrant for inspections of non-ferrous components using specific penetrant dye lines in our laboratories and at customer locations worldwide. Typical inspections include aircraft structures and components, castings, forgings and welded fabrications.

Our technicians have expertise in all types of dye penetrant inspection methods including colour contrast (Red Dye), fluorescent, post-emulsifiable and water wash for larger complex geometrical components.

All our inspectors are level II or level III certified to EN4179/NAS410, PCN or ASNT where relevant.

Eddy Current Testing

Our trained inspection personnel use eddy current testing extensively in the aerospace sector during scheduled maintenance programmes and in non-routine inspection requests.

Morgan Ward also conduct eddy current testing throughout the engineering and industrial sectors, using a variety of up-to-date procedures and techniques.

Eddy Current uses electromagnetic induction to detect defects and flaws in electrically conductive materials. Eddy current testing can detect surface breaking and slightly sub-surface flaws and can be applied to coated surfaces with minimal to no preparation required.

Eddy Current testing can be carried out at high and low frequencies and with the use of rotary probes we are able to detect cracks in difficult geometrical features like fastener and rivet holes.

Whilst the Eddy Current inspection system is primarily used to detect the presence of very small cracks and corrosion pits it can also be used effectively when conductivity testing and/or coating thickness measuring is required.

Morgan Ward offer a quick and cost effective service to the airline industry on a worldwide basis. We have approved engineers ready to inspect any kind of aircraft, whether it be routine or non-routine inspection requirements.

All our eddy current inspectors are level II or level III certified to EN4179/NAS410, PCN and ASNT, where relevant.

Eddy Current Array (ECA) is a non-destructive testing technology that provides the ability to electronically drive multiple eddy current coils, which are placed side by side in the same probe assembly.

Eddy current array is used in both the aerospace and engineering sectors and offers several advantages:

  • Complex shapes can be inspected using custom probes.
  • Larger areas can be scanned at high resolutions, in a single-probe pass.
  • Flaw detection/sizing improved via C-scan imaging.

Morgan Ward’s technicians commonly use eddy current array both on-site and in our labs to take comprehensive material thickness measurements and in accordance with Boeing aircraft scribe line inspections (NTM 53-30-25) ‘C Scan inspection of skin cracks at doubler edges’ to detect discontinuities such as cracks and corrosion.

Morgan Ward’s technicians are qualified to carry out and advise on eddy current array techniques and custom inspections and can conduct tests on-site globally or at any one of our UK laboratories.

All our inspectors are level II or level III certified to EN4179/NAS410 or PCN, where relevant.

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