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Improved sizing of impact damage in composites based on thermographic response
Author(s): William P. Winfree; Patricia A. Howell; Cara A. C. Leckey; Matthew D Rogge
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Paper Abstract

Impact damage in thin carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites often results in a relatively small region of damage at the front surface, with increasing damage near the back surface. Conventional methods for reducing the pulsed thermographic responses of the composite tend to underestimate the size of the back surface damage, since the smaller near surface damage gives the largest thermographic indication. A method is presented for reducing the thermographic data to produce an estimated size for the impact damage that is much closer to the size of the damage estimated from other NDE techniques such as microfocus x-ray computed tomography and pulse echo ultrasonics. Examples of the application of the technique to experimental data acquired on specimens with impact damage are presented. The method is also applied to the results of thermographic simulations to investigate the limitations of the technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8705, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXV, 87050V (22 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016946
Show Author Affiliations
William P. Winfree, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Patricia A. Howell, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Cara A. C. Leckey, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Matthew D Rogge, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8705:
Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXV
Gregory R. Stockton; Fred P. Colbert, Editor(s)

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