Low-Energy Sonic Thermographic Inspection of Impact Damage in Aerospace Composites

Low-Energy Sonic Thermographic Inspection of Impact Damage in Aerospace Composites

Kelly A. Tsoi, Chris Brooks, Nik Rajic, Cedric Antolis

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Abstract. This paper details an investigation into the use of an alternate sonic thermography inspection process which uses both low-energy acoustic coupling and an inexpensive microbolometer camera to detect barely visible impact damage in composite structures. The impetus is to create a system that is affordable, robust, rugged and easy to use in the field. This paper shows that the new system is capable of detecting barely visible impact damage with a performance comparable to that of conventional sonic thermography.

Sonic Thermography, Non-Destructive Testing, Low Energy, Kissing Bonds

Published online 2/20/2021, 8 pages
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Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: Kelly A. Tsoi, Chris Brooks, Nik Rajic, Cedric Antolis, Low-Energy Sonic Thermographic Inspection of Impact Damage in Aerospace Composites, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 18, pp 53-60, 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21741/9781644901311-7

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