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High-resolution eddy current sensor system

: Schulze, M.H.; Heuer, H.; Küttner, M.


Schmid, U. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS IV : 4 May 2009, Dresden, Germany
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2009 (SPIE Proceedings Series 7362)
ISBN: 0-8194-7636-6
ISBN: 978-0-8194-7636-4
ISSN: 0277-786X
Art. 73621A
Conference "Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS" <4, 2009, Dresden>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IZFP, Institutsteil Dresden ( IKTS-MD) ()

Carbon fiber materials become more and more important for many applications. Unlike to metal, the technological parameters and certificated quality control mechanisms have not been developed yet. There is no efficient and reliable testing system for an inline inspection and a consecutively manual inspection of the Raw Carbon Fiber materials (RCF) and the post laminated Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP). Based upon the multi-frequency Eddy Current device developed at Fraunhofer IZFP structural and hidden defects such as missing carbon fiber bundles, lanes, suspensions, fringes, missing sewing threads and angle errors can be detected. Due to the help of an optimized sensor array and an intelligent image pre-processing algorithm the complex impedance signal can be allocated to different carbon fiber layers. This technique enables the possibility to detect defects in the depth up to 5 layers including the option of free scale resolution and testing frequency. Appropri ate parameter lists for an optimal error classification are available. The dimensions of the smallest detectable defects are in the range of a few millimeters. A prototype of a special single sensor and an eddy-current sensor array are developed and establish the way to transfer the prototype into an industrial application.