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10 May 2011 Infrared thermography as a nondestructive tool for materials characterisation and assessment
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Thermographic approaches, passive and active, are widely used due to the outstanding advantages that offer in a number of applications and particularly for the assessment of materials. Nonetheless, there are limitations; depending upon the approach used, as well as on the materials thermal, optical and physical properties, proper assessment (detection and/or quantification) is feasible. In thermal non-destructive evaluation (NDE), the active approach of infrared thermography where an excitation source, such as optical flash lamps, heat lamps, hot or cold air guns, etc., is employed with the intention of inducing thermal contrasts, has several applications. The temperature differences during the transient phase appear on the material surface and so detection of subsurface defects is possible (areas of different temperatures when compared to the sound part(s) due to the different thermal diffusivity). Since the heating or cooling features of the stimulus source are identifiable (in time and amplitude) by considering the time factor quantitative assessment is also feasible. However, when a material is heated, the thermal waves penetrate the material's surface. These waves are generally of various amplitudes and frequencies and are launched into the specimen, in a transient mode (i.e. transient thermography). In this work, different applications, employing transient thermographic testing, concerning the assessment of various composite materials and components are presented. Real time NDE is presented using various transient thermography approaches, i.e. pulsed thermography (PT), pulsed phase thermography (PPT) and/or thermal modelling (TM).
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N. P. Avdelidis, T.-H. Gan, C. Ibarra-Castanedo, and X. P. V. Maldague "Infrared thermography as a nondestructive tool for materials characterisation and assessment", Proc. SPIE 8013, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXIII, 801313 (10 May 2011);

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