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<italic<In situ</italic< fringe projector development for thermal coating deposition

Paper Abstract

Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) and plasma spray coatings, in general, require fine control over the deposited thickness to achieve a reliable coating performance. Currently, the plasma spray industry quantifies thickness by sampling the part before and after TBC deposition. Approximate thickness is inferred from previous runs; however, process variability can cause errors in these approximations that result in wasted time and resources that can ultimately lead to nonreliant coatings. To this end, we present an <italic<in situ</italic< optical fringe projector technology that enables coating thickness measurements across a two-dimensional surface. The sensor is capable of achieving micron scale resolution in the harsh environment of a thermal spray booth. Furthermore, unlike the existing approaches, this technique is extendable to parts with complex geometries. The underlying background of the fringe projection method, including a differential measurement technique, is presented. Current results on production equipment and cylindrical parts are also discussed, showing good correlation and agreement with physical measurements captured in an industrial setting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(7) 074105 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.7.074105
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas D. Trail, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michael W. Kudenov, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Eustace L. Dereniak, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

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