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Nondestructive inspection in adhesive-bonded joint CFRP using pulsed phase thermography
Author(s): P. H. Shin; S. C. Webb; K. J. Peters
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Paper Abstract

Many forms of damages in fiber reinforcement polymer (FRP) composites are difficult to detect because they occurs in subsurface layers of the composites. One challenging need for inspection capabilities is in adhesively bonded joints between composite components, a common location of premature failure in aerospace structures. This paper investigates pulsed phase thermography (PPT) imaging of fatigue damage in these adhesively bonded joints. Simulated defects were created to calibrate parameters for fatigue loading conditions, PPT imaging parameters, and a damage sizing algorithm for carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) single lap joints. Afterwards, lap joint specimens were fabricated with varying quality of manufacturing. PPT imaging of the pristine specimens revealed defects such as air bubbles, adhesive thickness variations, and weak bonding surface between the laminate and adhesive. Next, fatigue testing was performed and acquired PPT imaging data identified fatigue induced damage prior to final failure cycles. After failure of each sample, those images were confirmed by visual inspections of failure surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8705, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXV, 87050Q (22 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2018414
Show Author Affiliations
P. H. Shin, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
S. C. Webb, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
K. J. Peters, North Carolina State Univ. (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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