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Infrared Thermography Development For Composite Material Evaluation
Author(s): Herve Tretout
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Paper Abstract

The increasing use of fibre reinforced composite materials in structural components, mainly in the aircraft industry has induced manufacturers to acquire appropriate non destructive testing means. Then the necessity to manufacture with larger production rate and tighter quality control requires inspection techniques having higher speed and finer resolution with more accuracy and intelligence than the conventionnal one's used today, namely ultrasonics and X - radiography. A large assessment program has been carried out in order to demonstrate the applicability and reliability of infrared thermography as a method for the inspection of composite and bonded materials.The technique has been developed for an industrial utilization and to specify the systems required for its application. The developments undertaken and the results we have obtained in the final stage of the program are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1988
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0918, Applications of Infrared Technology, (3 October 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945597
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Herve Tretout, Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0918:
Applications of Infrared Technology

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