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Thermal-wave methods for nondestructive inspection and process control
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Paper Abstract

Thermal wave imaging typically refers to a number of techniques in which a sample to be nondestructively tested is actively heated with either a pulsed or stepped source, and the time dependence of either the heating or cooling of the sample is monitored with an IR camera. Although these techniques have been used in manufacturing applications, the methods used for data analysis have been either too computation intensive for real time implementation, or too qualitative and subjective to be used reliably. Dynamic histogram analysis offers an alternative method for data interpretation that is computationally simple, yet quantitative and repeatable. Features which may be weak or ambiguous in the actual image can be easily identified using a data volume based on the time evolution of the histogram.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2599, Three-Dimensional and Unconventional Imaging for Industrial Inspection and Metrology, (19 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230394
Show Author Affiliations
Laurence M. Flath, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. (United States)
Steven M. Shepard, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2599:
Three-Dimensional and Unconventional Imaging for Industrial Inspection and Metrology
Michael R. Descour; Kevin G. Harding; Donald J. Svetkoff, Editor(s)

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