Parameter optimization of robotize line scan thermography for CFRP composite inspection

Authors: Khodayar, FaribaLopez Rodriguez, FernandoIbarra Castanedo, ClementeMaldague, Xavier
Abstract: Demands for Composite materials is increasing more and more because of their specific mechanical properties, especially in aerospace industry. Due to the porous structure of composite materials, there is the negligible probability of breaking up and defects in the internal structure. Detection of deep defects is a challenging subject in the field of Non-destructive testing. Due to the large size of composite components in the aerospace industry, line scanning thermography (LST) coupled with a robot arm is used to inspect large composite materials. In this paper, an innovative optimization procedure has been employed using analytical model, 3-D simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics, experimental setup and signal processing algorithms. The goal is to maximize the detection depth and signal to noise value as the criteria to evaluate the inspection quality and performance. the proposed algorithm starts searching to find the optimization variables of robotized LST such as scanning speed, source power and distance considering all technical and mechanical constraints. The optimal values are dependent on the material structure, thermal specifications of the composite, defect shape and infrared camera resolution. Using the proposed optimization algorithm, the detection depth was increased to 3.5 mm in the carbon fiber reinforced polymer and the signal to noise ratio was enhanced to 95%.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 2 January 2018
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Vol. 37 (5), 1-9 (2018)
Alternative version: 10.1007/s10921-017-0459-8
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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