PARTNERS - Research Partner
CEA (France)


The French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in the fields of energy, defence, information technologies, communication and health. Ever since it was created in 1945, it has successfully responded to major scientific challenges in many fields, including the French nuclear power generation program, nuclear deterrence, micro- and nanotechnologies, astrophysics, medical imaging, toxicology, biotechnologies.

CEA's ability to develop and innovate is the result of its long-standing policy of organised co-operation between engineers and researchers and its recognition on high-level fundamental research that is vital to the emergence of new concepts.

CEA also has outstanding high-performance tools to conduct its research programs (supercomputers, research reactors, major physics equipment, high-power lasers, etc.). Today, CEA is recognized not only for its expertise in the many areas of research and development, but it is also considered to be a driving force for innovation and technological dissemination through its involvement in the industrial and economic environment and many national and international partnerships.

Reasons for participating
CEA's interest is in the area of development of pattern recognition and therefore defect recognition in complex geometries (e.g. castings) and welds for the energy related business sector. CEA has many national and international partnerships and collaboration agreements and is looking to expand its area of image recognition software through these organisations.

Contribution to project
CEA will support and provide input into the software developments being undertaken (WP-C and WP-E) by the two high technology SMEs in this area, i.e. KCC and Zenon.

FilmFree is a collaboration between the following organisations: TWI Ltd, CIT Ltd, Balteau NDT SA, Innospexion ApS, OY AJAT Ltd, Advanced Technology Group s.r.o., Isotest Engineering S.r.l., Tecnitest Ingenieros SL, Trueflaw Ltd, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd, NDT Consultants Ltd, Technic Control Ltd Co, Industrial Control Machines SA, X-Tek Systems Ltd, Applus RTD, Nexus Engineering Ltd, Airbus UK Ltd, EADS CCR - Groupement d’Interet Economique, Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Rzeszow SA, Total France, Rolls Royce plc, Advantica Ltd, DB AG, Helenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Castings Technology International, Bulgarian Welding Society, Commissariat a l’energie atomiique, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University of Sofia and Politechnika Szcezinska. The Project is co-ordinated and managed by TWI Ltd. and is partly funded by the EC under the IP SME programme ref: Number NMP2-CT-2005-515746.