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Nonlinear imaging (NIM) of barely visible impact damage (BVID) in composite panels using a semi and full air-coupled linear and nonlinear ultrasound technique
Author(s): Gian Piero Malfense Fierro; Michele Meo
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Paper Abstract

Two non-contact methods were evaluated to address the reliability and reproducibility concerns affecting industry adoption of nonlinear ultrasound techniques for non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT/E) purposes. A semi and a fully air-coupled linear and nonlinear ultrasound method was evaluated by testing for barely visible impact damage (BVID) in composite materials. Air coupled systems provide various advantages over contact driven systems; such as: ease of inspection, no contact and lubrication issues and a great potential for non-uniform geometry evaluation. The semi air-coupled setup used a suction attached piezoelectric transducer to excite the sample and an array of low-cost microphones to capture the signal over the inspection area, while the second method focused on a purely air-coupled setup, using an air-coupled transducer to excite the structure and capture the signal. One of the issues facing nonlinear and any air-coupled systems is transferring enough energy to stimulate wave propagation and in the case of nonlinear ultrasound; damage regions. Results for both methods provided nonlinear imaging (NIM) of damage regions using a sweep excitation methodology, with the semi aircoupled system providing clearer results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2018
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10599, Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure, and Transportation XII, 105990M (27 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2302430
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Gian Piero Malfense Fierro, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
Michele Meo, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10599:
Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure, and Transportation XII
Peter J. Shull, Editor(s)

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