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Defining the envelope for sonic IR: detection limits and damage limits
Author(s): Wayne O. Miller; Ian M. Darnell; Michael W. Burke; Christopher L. Robbins
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Paper Abstract

Work is presented which begins to define the envelope of applicability for the sonic IR NDE technique. Detection limits define the faintest flaw signal that can be perceived, which is a function of flaw size and depth, excitation strength and duration, and the detector limits (spatial, temporal, thermal). A unique contribution of the present work is a model to predict the dynamic frictional heating of a crack, and this is combined with a transient heat transfer analysis to define the detection limits. Damage limits consider the risk of damage to a part from the application of the dynamic excitation. Experience has shown that the dynamic excitation can damage parts, notably for brittle materials such as ceramics with existing flaws. Since sonic IR is intended to be nondestructive it is important to test parts in a manner consistent with preserving the part integrity. The evaluation of damage limits assumes that additional part damage during testing is a fatigue process that propagates existing cracks. Paris' law for fatigue damage is employed to provide an estimate of fatigue crack propagation during the dynamic forcing. Both detection limits and damage limits are combined to create an envelope of applicability for sonic IR. Further experimental effort is required to tune and validate the analytical tools presented herein. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract W-7405-Eng-48.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5073, Thermosense XXV, (1 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.485982
Show Author Affiliations
Wayne O. Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ian M. Darnell, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michael W. Burke, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Christopher L. Robbins, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

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

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