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Automated inspection of welds with limited access by use of active thermography with laser line excitation
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production System. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6933-375X
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production System. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7748-0565
IK4-LORTEK, Ordizia, Spain.
IK4-LORTEK, Ordizia, Spain.
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2016 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Inspection of welds for detecting surface breaking defects is traditionally performed by using NDT methods such as Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection, Visual Inspection or Eddy Current. All those well-known techniques have drawbacks, as they need access to the surface, either for preparation with e.g. liquids or for using contact probes. Traditional methods also require a skilled operator to carry out the inspection, and moreover to analyse the obtained results. Furthermore, for the inspection of welds with limited access, the use of those traditional methods is even more complex, resulting in increased inspection time and reduced detection capability or in worst case, areas impossible to inspect. Therefore, the development of a fully automated non-contact method overcoming these limitations is desired. ;Active thermography is a novel NDT technique for weld inspection. The method has shown promising results for replacing traditional techniques when it comes to detection of surface breaking defects in metals. The method make use of an excitation source in order to heat the sample in a controlled manner during the test, and an infrared thermal camera for recordings of the thermal evolution. ;In this work, an automated solution developed and demonstrated for inspection of welds in a jet-engine component with limited access is presented. The NDT system is mounted on an industrial robot, making it possible to automatic scan the inspected area. The system consists of a, continuous laser-line excitation source together with a FLIR SC 655 microbolometer thermographic camera. In order to access limited areas, two polished aluminium mirrors have been used for both infrared radiation monitoring and laser excitation respectively. A solution for automatic analysing, defect detection and sizing is also included and presented.

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2016. 19664
Keyword [en]
Welding, surface, inspection
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Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject
Production Technology; ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10560OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10560DiVA: diva2:1064545
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19th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing 2016
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