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Advances in pulsed thermography
Author(s): Steven M. Shepard
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Paper Abstract

The use of pulsed thermography as an NDE solution for manufacturing and in-service applications has increased dramatically in the past five years, enabled by advances in IR camera and computer technology. However, the basic approaches to analysis and processing of pulsed thermographic data have remained largely unchanged. These methods include image averaging, subtraction, division, slope calculation and contrast methods (e.g. peak contrast and peak slope time mapping). We have developed an alternative approach to analysis of pulsed thermographic data, based on developing a parametric equation for the time history of each pixel. The resulting synthetic image provides increased spatial and temporal resolution, and significantly extends the range of defect depths and sample configurations to which pulsed thermography can be applied. In addition, our approach reduces the amount of data that must be manipulated and stored, so that an entire array of image sequences from a large structure can be processed simultaneously.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4360, Thermosense XXIII, (23 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.421032
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Steven M. Shepard, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4360:
Thermosense XXIII
Andres E. Rozlosnik; Ralph B. Dinwiddie, Editor(s)

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