18 May 2009 High-resolution eddy current sensor system
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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. Appropriate 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.
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Martin H. Schulze, Martin H. Schulze, Henning Heuer, Henning Heuer, Martin Küttner, Martin Küttner, } "High-resolution eddy current sensor system", Proc. SPIE 7362, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS IV, 73621A (18 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.821443; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.821443

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