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Nondestructive characterization of thermal barrier coating by noncontact laser ultrasonic technique
Author(s): Yang Zhao; Jianwei Chen; Zhenzhen Zhang
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Paper Abstract

We present the application of a laser ultrasonic technique in nondestructive characterization of the bonding layer (BL) in a thermal barrier coating (TBC). A physical mode of a multilayered medium is established to describe the propagation of a longitudinal wave generated by a laser in a TBC system. Furthermore, the theoretical analysis on the ultrasonic transmission in TBC is carried out in order to derive the expression of the BL transmission coefficient spectrum (TCS) which is used to determine the velocity of the longitudinal wave in the BL. We employ the inversion method combined with TCS to ascertain the attenuation coefficient of the BL. The experimental validations are performed with TBC specimens produced by an electron-beam physical vapor deposition method. In those experiments, a pulsed laser with a width of 10 ns is used to generate an ultrasonic signal while a two-wave mixing interferometer is created to receive the ultrasonic signals. By introducing the wavelet soft-threshold method that improves the signal-to-noise ratio, the laser ultrasonic testing results of TBC with an oxidation of 1 cycle, 10 cycles, and 100 cycles show that the attenuation coefficients of the BL become larger with an increase in the oxidation time, which is evident for the scanning electron microscopy observations, in which the thickness of the thermally grown oxide increases with oxidation time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 54(9) 094104 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.54.9.094104
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 54, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Yang Zhao, Shandong Academy of Sciences (China)
Jianwei Chen, Shandong Academy of Sciences (China)
Zhenzhen Zhang, Shandong Academy of Sciences (China)


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