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Spatial-temporal signal processing for subsurface thermographic imaging
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Paper Abstract

Analysis and processing of thermographic NDT data has been primarily based on either visual analysis of single images acquired during the cooling sequence, or examination of a contrast curve based on comparison to a defect free reference region. Analysis of the sequence is complicated by the fact that the surface temperature of the sample decreases monotonically over a large dynamic range, yet the temperature differences generated by subsurface features may be small by comparison. A simple linearization operation can be performed on the entire sequence so that the time history of each pixel behaves in a manner similar to that of the contrast curve. The linearized data allows visualization of the entire sequence in a fixed dynamic range that is small enough to allow visualization of weak features, as well as presentation of the data in a line slice manner similar to an ultrasonic b-scan.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5073, Thermosense XXV, (1 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.497523
Show Author Affiliations
Steven M. Shepard, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. (United States)
James R. Lhota, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5073:
Thermosense XXV
K. Elliott Cramer; Xavier P. Maldague, Editor(s)

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