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Acoustic thermography using an uncooled high-speed camera and low-power ultrasonic excitation: Test system and its application to impact flaw detection in CFRP

: Haupt, L.; Zimmerhackl, M.; Meyendorf, N.; Köhler, B.


Meyendorf, N. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Advanced sensor technologies for nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring II : 1 - 2 March 2006, San Diego, California, USA
Bellingham/Wash.: SPIE, 2006 (SPIE Proceedings Series 6179)
ISBN: 0-8194-6232-2
9 pp.
Conference "Advanced Sensor Technologies for Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring" <2006, San Diego/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IZFP, Institutsteil Dresden ( IKTS-MD) ()
infrared; thermosonic; acoustic thermography; imaging; tomography; CFRP

Acoustic thermography is a relatively new NDE method based on thermographic detection of dissipated ultrasonic
energy. The system presented uses an uncooled high-speed camera and low power ultrasonic excitation. This technology is characterized by low system costs, since no nitrogen or stirling cooling is necessary. Low power applications are facilitated by efficient ultrasonic coupling, hence taking care of sensitive objects. A camera has been developed which uses a 384 x 288 pixels micro-bolometer array as sensor and may record up to 100 frames per second. The advantages of this system are demonstrated on a set of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) plates damaged by impacts of various strengths. The impact flaws consisting of fiber fractures and delaminations can be detected while transmitting low ultrasonic energy of only about 1.3 W to the specimen.