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NDE scanning and imaging of aircraft structure
Author(s): Donald Bailey; Carl Kepler; Cuong Le
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Paper Abstract

The Science and Engineering Lab at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, Calif. has been involved in the development and use of computer-based scanning systems for NDE (nondestructive evaluation) since 1985. This paper describes the history leading up to our current applications which employ eddy current and ultrasonic scanning of aircraft structures that contain both metallics and advanced composites. The scanning is performed using industrialized computers interfaced to proprietary acquisition equipment and software. Examples are shown that image several types of damage such as exfoliation and fuselage lap joint corrosion in aluminum, impact damage, embedded foreign material, and porosity in Kevlar and graphite epoxy composites. Image analysis techniques are reported that are performed using consumer oriented computer hardware and software that are not NDE specific and not expensive

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2455, Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, Aerospace Hardware, and Materials, (7 July 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.213549
Show Author Affiliations
Donald Bailey, U.S. Air Force (United States)
Carl Kepler, U.S. Air Force (United States)
Cuong Le, Andrew NDT Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2455:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, Aerospace Hardware, and Materials
Tobey M. Cordell; Raymond D. Rempt, Editor(s)

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