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Wavelet-based subsurface defect characterization in pulsed phase thermography for non-destructive evaluation
Author(s): G. Zauner; G. Mayr; G. Hendorfer
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Paper Abstract

Active infrared thermography is a method for non-destructive testing (NDT) of materials and components. In pulsed thermography (PT), a brief and high intensity flash is used to heat the sample. The decay of the sample surface temperature is detected and recorded by an infrared camera. Any subsurface anomaly (e.g. inclusion, delamination, etc.) gives rise to a local temperature increase (thermal contrast) on the sample surface. Conventionally, in Pulsed Phase Thermography (PPT) the analysis of PT time series is done by means of Discrete Fourier Transform producing phase images which can suppress unwanted physical effects (due to surface emissivity variations or non-uniform heating). The drawback of the Fourier-based approach is the loss of temporal information, making quantitative inversion procedures tricky (e.g. defect depth measurements). In this paper the complex Morlet-Wavelet transform is used to preserve the time information of the signal and thus provides information about the depth of a subsurface defect. Additionally, we propose to use the according phase contrast value to derive supplementary information about the thermal reflection properties at the defect interface. This provides additional information (e.g. about the thermal mismatch factor between the specimen and the defect) making interpretation of PPT results easier and perhaps unequivocal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7248, Wavelet Applications in Industrial Processing VI, 72480D (27 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805914
Show Author Affiliations
G. Zauner, Upper Austria Univ. of Applied Sciences (Austria)
G. Mayr, Upper Austria Univ. of Applied Sciences (Austria)
G. Hendorfer, Upper Austria Univ. of Applied Sciences (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7248:
Wavelet Applications in Industrial Processing VI
Frederic Truchetet; Olivier Laligant, Editor(s)

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