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  1. Ultrasonic flaw detection device in nuclear reactor

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    Sakurai, Yoshishige; Takabayashi, Jun-ichi

    1996-02-02

    Flaws on an outer circumferential surface of a shroud at inner side than jet pumps in a nuclear reactor are simply and reliably detected using ultrasonic waves. Ultrasonic waves are irradiated to the shroud which surrounds a reactor core at the inner side and has a plurality of jet pumps at the outer side at predetermined distances. An ultrasonic wave probe which detects flaws based on reflecting waves is suspended using a suspending rope. A jet nozzle is attached to a probe-attaching portion and water is jetted out to reactor water to move the probe-attaching portion in the reactor. Then, flaws can be detected easily and reliably using ultrasonic waves even at a narrow gap at the inner side of each jet pump. (N.H.).

  2. Ultrasonic flaw detection device in nuclear reactor

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    Flaws on an outer circumferential surface of a shroud at inner side than jet pumps in a nuclear reactor are simply and reliably detected using ultrasonic waves. Ultrasonic waves are irradiated to the shroud which surrounds a reactor core at the inner side and has a plurality of jet pumps at the outer side at predetermined distances. An ultrasonic wave probe which detects flaws based on reflecting waves is suspended using a suspending rope. A jet nozzle is attached to a probe-attaching portion and water is jetted out to reactor water to move the probe-attaching portion in the reactor. Then, flaws can be detected easily and reliably using ultrasonic waves even at a narrow gap at the inner side of each jet pump. (N.H.)

  3. Flaw detection trial using virtual ultrasonic testing

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    Sarkimo, M. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland))

    2010-05-15

    This report presents features of ultrasonic simulation and aspects to be considered in virtual inspection trials. A simulation trial implementation and results are reported, with main purpose to test different features of the selected simulation software in creation and analysis of a virtual detectability trial. A series of simulations was conducted using simple test block geometry that included notch shaped flaws with varying depths. To make the case realistic, significant structural noise and moderate attenuation were added to the simulation using the material properties settings. The simulation was run using different probe frequency values and crystal dimensions to produce variation in the flaw detectability.The simulated ultrasonic inspection data was analyzed using analysis tools of the used software. The signal-to-noise ratios and locations of the detected indications were characterized and detectability dependence on the notch height was assessed. Also, study about signal-to-noise ratios measured from the detected indications was performed. (orig.)

  4. Research on ultrasonic detection of complex surfaces

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    2005-01-01

    Parts of complex surface are widely used now in many fields, and their detection has caused much concern. In China many manufactories still carry on the traditional way of manual detection, which requires highly skilled personnel and efficiency is low. Some large manufactories have imported auto-detecting equipments, which require CAD data on the parts, or just divide the surface into several approximate planes for automatic detection. Phased-array system is seldom used, and the cost is high. Besides,most of the systems have not considered the automatic sensitivity compensation of parts with varying thickness. To improve the detection quality and efficiency of nondestructive test (NDT) of parts of complex surface, this paper puts forward an integrated ultrasonic NDT system characterized by: (1) Use of ultrasonic measurement and reverse of curved surface to solve the CAD data problem; (2) Use of an automatic sensitivity compensation algorithm (based on the part's modelling information obtained in surface reverse) to fit the variety of the thickness; (3) Use of template matching and pseudo-color imaging to improve the quality of detection results. The system features integration of low cost mature technologies, and is suitable for detection of various parts of different complex surfaces in medium-and-small enterprises. The test results showed that the system can automatically detect parts of complex surface successfully, and that the inspection result is good and reliable.

  5. Empirical angle-dependent Biot and MBA models for acoustic anisotropy in cancellous bone.

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    Lee, Kang Il; Hughes, E R; Humphrey, V F; Leighton, T G; Choi, Min Joo

    2007-01-01

    The Biot and the modified Biot-Attenborough (MBA) models have been found useful to understand ultrasonic wave propagation in cancellous bone. However, neither of the models, as previously applied to cancellous bone, allows for the angular dependence of acoustic properties with direction. The present study aims to account for the acoustic anisotropy in cancellous bone, by introducing empirical angle-dependent input parameters, as defined for a highly oriented structure, into the Biot and the MBA models. The anisotropy of the angle-dependent Biot model is attributed to the variation in the elastic moduli of the skeletal frame with respect to the trabecular alignment. The angle-dependent MBA model employs a simple empirical way of using the parametric fit for the fast and the slow wave speeds. The angle-dependent models were used to predict both the fast and slow wave velocities as a function of propagation angle with respect to the trabecular alignment of cancellous bone. The predictions were compared with those of the Schoenberg model for anisotropy in cancellous bone and in vitro experimental measurements from the literature. The angle-dependent models successfully predicted the angular dependence of phase velocity of the fast wave with direction. The root-mean-square errors of the measured versus predicted fast wave velocities were 79.2 m s(-1) (angle-dependent Biot model) and 36.1 m s(-1) (angle-dependent MBA model). They also predicted the fact that the slow wave is nearly independent of propagation angle for angles about 50 degrees , but consistently underestimated the slow wave velocity with the root-mean-square errors of 187.2 m s(-1) (angle-dependent Biot model) and 240.8 m s(-1) (angle-dependent MBA model). The study indicates that the angle-dependent models reasonably replicate the acoustic anisotropy in cancellous bone.

  6. Development of capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer for noncontact ultrasonic detection

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    In this study, the capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer (cMUT) was developed. Theoretical analysis and finite element analysis of the behavior of membrane (such as resonance frequency, membrane deflection, collapse deflection and collapse voltage) of the cMUT were performed. The design parameters of the cMUT were estimated and are the dimension and thickness of membrane, thickness of sacrificial layer, thickness and size of electrode, size of active element and so on. With the micro-fabrication process, the cMUT was fabricated on the silicon wafer. To measure the membrane displacement of cMUT, the Michelson phase modulation fiber interferometer was constructed. The measured membrane displacement was good agreed with the result of finite element analysis. To estimate the ultrasonic wave generated by the cMUT, the ultrasonic transceiver system was constructed. The developed cMUT shows a good performance and hence will be widely used to the filed of non-contact ultrasonic application.

  7. Crack depth profiling using guided wave angle dependent reflectivity

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    Tomographic corrosion monitoring techniques have been developed, using two rings of sensors around the circumference of a pipe. This technique is capable of providing a detailed wall thickness map, however this might not be the only type of structural damage. Therefore this concept is expanded to detect and size cracks and small corrosion defects like root corrosion. The expanded concept uses two arrays of guided-wave transducers, collecting both reflection and transmission data. The data is processed such that the angle-dependent reflectivity is obtained without using a baseline signal of a defect-free situation. The angle-dependent reflectivity is the input of an inversion scheme that calculates a crack depth profile. From this profile, the depth and length of the crack can be determined. Preliminary experiments show encouraging results. The depth sizing accuracy is in the order of 0.5 mm

  8. Delamination detection in composites by laser ultrasonics

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    Martarelli, M.; Chiariotti, P.; Pezzola, M.; Castellini, P.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper an application of Laser Ultrasonics (LU) is presented on laminate panels. The method exploits a high energy pulsed laser generating ultrasonic waves on the material where it impinges and laser Doppler Mach-Zehnder interferometer for measuring the ultrasonic waves propagating on the testing object. The laser-ultrasonic has been applied to a thin Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) test sample where two different depth delaminations have been created. It will be demonstrated that the measurement system is extremely sensitive to the propagation of the ultrasonic waves generated by the high energy pulsed laser source and to the multiple reflections caused by the delamination even when this latter is located in depth.

  9. Detection of defects in tubes by ultrasonic techniques

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    An ultrasonic technique is described for on-site detection of longitudinally extending defects in the heat exchange tubes of a sodium/water in-vessel heat exchanger. The method consists of directing ultrasonic beam energy along a chordal path into the inner wall surface of the tube to induce circumferentially extending shear waves in the wall and detecting the echo signals deflected from the defects. (U.K.)

  10. Potential pitfalls of strain rate imaging: angle dependency

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    Castro, P. L.; Greenberg, N. L.; Drinko, J.; Garcia, M. J.; Thomas, J. D.

    2000-01-01

    Strain Rate Imaging (SRI) is a new echocardiographic technique that allows for the real-time determination of myocardial SR, which may be used for the early and accurate detection of coronary artery disease. We sought to study whether SR is affected by scan line alignment in a computer simulation and an in vivo experiment. Through the computer simulation and the in vivo experiment we generated and validated safe scanning sectors within the ultrasound scan sector and showed that while SRI will be an extremely valuable tool in detecting coronary artery disease there are potential pitfalls for the unwary clinician. Only after accounting for these affects due to angle dependency, can clinicians utilize SRI's potential as a valuable tool in detecting coronary artery disease.

  11. Application of Ultrasonic Technology in Detecting of Sludge Level

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    姚来凤; FENG Yi-hua; Kong Ling-ping

    2007-01-01

    The basic principle and the method of detecting the sludge level have been presented, and thé merits and demerits of different methods have been compared. The method of detecting by ultrasonic has been put forward based on characteristic and the need of measuring of sludge level.

  12. Ultrasonic flaw detecting device and ultrasonic probe for nozzle of pressure vessel

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    The present invention improves the accuracy for flaw detecting test at a curved portion on the inner surface of a nozzle of a pressure vessel. Namely, a running vehicle runs around the outer surface of a nozzle of a pressure vessel. A support arm is loaded on the running vehicle being rotatably and extensively in the longitudinal direction. An ultrasonic wave probe is held at the top end of the support arm and detects flaws at the curved portion on the inner surface of the nozzle. The ultrasonic probe is made rotatable in a plane in perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the support arm by way of a bearing. Further, the surface of the probe to be in contact with the outer surface as a surface to be inspected is chamfered at the four corners. With such a constitution, tightness of the ultrasonic probe to the surface to be detected is improved. As a result, the ultrasonic flaw detection for the curved portion at the inner circumference of the nozzle of the pressure vessel can be conducted at a high efficiency. (I.S.)

  13. Non-contact feature detection using ultrasonic Lamb waves

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    Sinha, Dipen N.

    2011-06-28

    Apparatus and method for non-contact ultrasonic detection of features on or within the walls of hollow pipes are described. An air-coupled, high-power ultrasonic transducer for generating guided waves in the pipe wall, and a high-sensitivity, air-coupled transducer for detecting these waves, are disposed at a distance apart and at chosen angle with respect to the surface of the pipe, either inside of or outside of the pipe. Measurements may be made in reflection or transmission modes depending on the relative position of the transducers and the pipe. Data are taken by sweeping the frequency of the incident ultrasonic waves, using a tracking narrow-band filter to reduce detected noise, and transforming the frequency domain data into the time domain using fast Fourier transformation, if required.

  14. Ultrasonic defect detection method for socket welding joint

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    The present invention provides a method of detecting defects over a wide range of a socket weld portion of various kinds of pipelines used, for example, in a nuclear power plant. Namely, an inclined probe is disposed to a jig for detecting defects by ultrasonic waves. This is rotated at least by one turn along the peripheral surface of the material to be detected such as weld tube joints. Defects of weld portion of the material can be detected automatically by using ultrasonic waves during the rotation. The inclined probe for detecting defects by ultrasonic waves comprises a transmission portion having a planar transmittance oscillator disposed to a wedge on the transmission side and a receiving portion comprising a planar receiving oscillator disposed to a wedge on the receiving side. With such a constitution, ultrasonic waves are emitted from the transmission portion to the defect detection portion in the welded portion. If a defect is present, defective echo is reflected to the receiving portion disposed ahead of the probe. Since the defective echo changes depending on the height of the detective portion, the estimation of the height of the defect can be facilitated. (I.S.)

  15. Acousto-ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of materials using laser beam generation and detection

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    Huber, Robert D.; Green, Robert E., Jr.; Vary, Alex; Kautz, Harold

    1990-01-01

    Presented in viewgraph format, the possibility of using laser generation and detection of ultrasound to replace piezoelectric transducers for the acousto-ultrasonic technique is advanced. The advantages and disadvantages of laser acousto-ultrasonics are outlined. Laser acousto-ultrasonics complements standard piezoelectric acousto-ultrasonics and offers non-contact nondestructive evaluation.

  16. Ultrasonic sensing of GMAW: Laser/EMAT defect detection system

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    Carlson, N.M.; Johnson, J.A.; Larsen, E.D. [EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Van Clark, A. Jr.; Schaps, S.R.; Fortunko, C.M. [National Inst. of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (United States)

    1992-08-01

    In-process ultrasonic sensing of welding allows detection of weld defects in real time. A noncontacting ultrasonic system is being developed to operate in a production environment. The principal components are a pulsed laser for ultrasound generation and an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) for ultrasound reception. A PC-based data acquisition system determines the quality of the weld on a pass-by-pass basis. The laser/EMAT system interrogates the area in the weld volume where defects are most likely to occur. This area of interest is identified by computer calculations on a pass-by-pass basis using weld planning information provided by the off-line programmer. The absence of a signal above the threshold level in the computer-calculated time interval indicates a disruption of the sound path by a defect. The ultrasonic sensor system then provides an input signal to the weld controller about the defect condition. 8 refs.

  17. Artificial intelligence and ultrasonic tests in detection of defects

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    One of the most serious problems in the quality control of welded unions is the location, identification and classification of defects. As a solution to this problem, a technique for classification, applicable to welded unions done by electric arc welding as well as by friction, is proposed; it is based on ultrasonic signals. The neuronal networks proposed are Kohonen and Multilayer Percept ron, all in a virtual instrument environment. Currently the techniques most used in this field are: radiological analysis (X-rays) and ultrasonic analysis (ultrasonic waves). The X-ray technique in addition to being dangerous requires highly specialized personnel and equipment, therefore its use is restricted. The ultrasonic technique, in spite of being one of the most used for detection of discontinuities, requires personnel with wide experience in the interpretation of ultrasonic signals, this is a time-consuming process which necessarily increases its operation cost. The classification techniques that we propose turn out to be safe, reliable, inexpensive and easy to implement for the solution of this important problem. (Author) 8 refs

  18. A new ultrasonic signal amplification method for detection of bacteria

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    A new method is presented that increases the sensitivity of ultrasound-based techniques for detection of bacteria. The technique was developed for the detection of catalase-positive microorganisms. It uses a bubble trapping medium containing hydrogen peroxide that is mixed with the sample for microbiological evaluation. The enzyme catalase is present in catalase-positive bacteria, which induces a rapid hydrolysis of hydrogen peroxide, forming bubbles which remain in the medium. This reaction results in the amplification of the mechanical changes that the microorganisms produce in the medium. The effect can be detected by means of ultrasonic wave amplitude continuous measurement since the bubbles increase the ultrasonic attenuation significantly. It is shown that microorganism concentrations of the order of 105 cells ml−1 can be detected using this method. This allows an improvement of three orders of magnitude in the ultrasonic detection threshold of microorganisms in conventional culture media, and is competitive with modern rapid microbiological methods. It can also be used for the characterization of the enzymatic activity. (paper)

  19. Detection of laser generated ultrasonic wave using Michelson interferometer

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    A stabilized Michelson Interferometer is proposed in order to detect the laser-generated ultrasonic waves in fee from the external noise such as low frequency mechanical vibration. In order to confirm the performance, theoretically expected waveforms were compared with experimentally detected ones in thermo-elastic region, where we generated ultrasonic wave in steel disk by using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. Also sound velocities of longitudinal and shear components were measured and they showed good agreement with the typical values in steel. Finally, the change of sound velocity according to the temperature change was measured to show that the proposed technique could be applied to the characterization of high temperature materials.

  20. Development of Abnormality Detection System for Bathers using Ultrasonic Sensors

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    Ohnishi, Yosuke; Abe, Takehiko; Nambo, Hidetaka; Kimura, Haruhiko; Ogoshi, Yasuhiro

    This paper proposes an abnormality detection system for bather sitting in bathtub. Increasing number of in-bathtub drowning accidents in Japan draws attention. Behind this large number of bathing accidents, Japan's unique social and cultural background come surface. For majority of people in Japan, bathing serves purpose in deep warming up of body, relax and enjoyable time. Therefore it is the custom for the Japanese to soak in bathtub. However overexposure to hot water may cause dizziness or fainting, which is possible to cause in-bathtub drowning. For drowning prevention, the system detects bather's abnormal state using an ultrasonic sensor array. The array, which has many ultrasonic sensors, is installed on the ceiling of bathroom above bathtub. The abnormality detection system uses the following two methods: posture detection and behavior detection. The function of posture detection is to estimate the risk of drowning by monitoring bather's posture. Meanwhile, the function of behavior detection is to estimate the risk of drowning by monitoring bather's behavior. By using these methods, the system detects bathers' different state from normal. As a result of experiment with a subject in the bathtub, the system was possible to detect abnormal state using subject's posture and behavior. Therefore the system is useful for monitoring bather to prevent drowning in bathtub.

  1. Detection and sizing of underbead cracks using ultrasonic nondestructive examination

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    Scarbrough, J.D.; Wierzbicki, W.M.

    1982-02-11

    Ultrasonic nondestructive examination (NDE) will detect three mil deep underbead cracks in welds joining thin walled iridium hemishells. A correlation was developed to relate the amplitude of the signal reflected from the crack with crack wall area. The observed cracks occur in the weld underbead in the arc taper area during encapsulation of /sup 238/PuO/sub 2/ pellets for thermoelectric generators used in deep space exploration.

  2. Arrival-Time Detection and Ultrasonic Flow-Meter Applications

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    Willatzen, Morten; Søndergaard, Peter; Latino, Carl; Voss, Frands; Lervad Andersen, Niels; Brokate, Martin; Bounaim, Aicha

    2006-11-01

    The Danfoss problem on ultrasonic flow measurement has been separated into three parts each handled by a subgroup of the authors listed above. The first subgroup deals with a presentation of modelling equations describing the physics of ultrasonic flow meters employing reciprocal ultrasonic transducer systems. The mathematical model presented allows the electrical output signal to be determined corresponding to any time-dependent electrical input signal. The transducers modelled consist of a piezoceramic material layer and a passive acoustic matching layer. The second subgroup analyzes the possibility of coding the input signal so as to simplify arrival-time detection by re.nding the coded input sequence in the received signal. The narrow-band nature of the transducers makes this problem non-trivial but suggestions for improvement are proposed. The analysis given is based on traditional autoand cross-correlation techniques. The third subgroup attempts to improve existing correlation methods in determining arrival-time detection of signals. A mathematical formulation of the problem is given and the application to a set of real signals provided by Danfoss A/S is performed with good results.

  3. Ultrasonic gas accumulation detection and evaluation in nuclear cooling pipes

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    Yu, Lingyu; Lin, Bin; Shin, Yong-June; Wang, Jingjiang; Tian, Zhenhua

    2012-04-01

    This paper presents a novel ultrasonic guided wave based inspection methodology for detecting and evaluating gas accumulation in nuclear cooling pipe system. The sensing is in-situ by means of low-profile permanently installed piezoelectric wafer sensors to excite interrogating guided waves and to receive the propagating waves in the pipe structure. Detection and evaluation is established through advanced cross time-frequency analysis to extract the phase change in the sensed signal when the gas is accumulating. A correlation between the phase change and the gas amount has been established to provide regulatory prediction capability based on measured sensory data.

  4. Ultrasonic detection of cardiovascular flow disturbances.

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    Winter, D C; Wells, M K; Morgan, R J

    1976-01-01

    Blood flow that is disturbed or turbulent may have a significant effect on the development of cardiovascular disease. A method is presented here for detecting periods of disturbed flow using autocorrelograms of the audio signal from a pulsed ultrasound Doppler velocity meter (PUDVM). Autocorrelograms describe quantitatively how the form of a signal changes over time. We produced steady laminar and turbulent pipe flow in a hydraulic test tank, and computed autocorrelograms of the audio signal of the centerline velocity as detected by the PUDVM using fast Fourier transform techniques. We have shown that the autocorrelation coefficient averaged over a short length of time (64 ms) is significantly higher for laminar than for turbulent flow. We have also produced pulsatile flow in our hydraulic tank and computed the mean autocorrelation coefficient at different phases of the flow cycle. The regions of disturbed and undisturbed flow were predicted from the steady flow results. The disturbed flow first appears during the period of the highest forward velocities. These results indicate that the mean autocorrelation coefficient can serve as an indicator of the presence of flow disturbances.

  5. Ultrasonic flaw detection using radial basis function networks (RBFNs).

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    Gil Pita, R; Vicen, R; Rosa, M; Jarabo, M P; Vera, P; Curpian, J

    2004-04-01

    Ultrasonic flaw detection has been studied many times in the literature. Schemes based on thresholding after a previous matched filter use to be the best solution, but results obtained with this method are only satisfactory when scattering and attenuation are not considered. In this paper, we propose an alternative solution to thresholding detection method. We deal with the usage of different flaw detection methods comparing them with the proposed one. The experiment tries to determinate whether a given ultrasonic signal contains a flaw echo or not. Starting with a set of 24,000 patterns with 750 samples each one, two subsets are defined for the experiments. The first one, the training set, is used to obtain the detection parameters of the different methods, and the second one is used to test the performance of them. The proposed method is based on radial basis functions networks, one of the most powerful neural network techniques. This signal processing technique tries to find the optimal decision criterion. Comparing this method with thresholding based ones, an improvement over 25-30% is obtained, depending on the probability of false alarm. So our new method is a good alternative to flaw detection problem.

  6. Ultrasonic flaw detecting device for welded portion of stab and flaw detecting method therefor

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    In the present invention, flaws are detected efficiently only for the welded portion of a stab disposed to a lower end plate of a pressure vessel used in a nuclear power plant. Namely, the device of the present invention comprises (1) an ultrasonic probe disposed to a shaft of the stab of control rod drives (CRD), (2) a shaft for supporting the ultrasonic probe, (3) a driving mechanism for circumferentially rotating and further axially moving the shaft, and (4) a controlling device for controlling the equipments described above and processing data. The position of the supersonic probe is moved vertically in the axial direction while rotating the shaft and rotating the supersonic probe in the circumferential direction by the driving mechanism driven upon receiving signals from the controlling device. Flaws can be detected only for the welded portion of the CRD stab using the ultrasonic probe by repeating the operation. In addition, efficiency for the flaw detecting operation is improved. (I.S.)

  7. Ultrasonic defect detection and size approximation using thin annulus probes

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    Concern has been generated recently about the capabilities of performing nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of the closure head penetrations in nuclear-reactor pressure vessels (PV). These penetrations, primarily for instrumentation and control rod drive mechanisms (CRDMs), are usually thick-walled Inconel tubes, shrink-fitted into the steel closure head. The penetrations are then welded between the outside surface of the penetration and inside surface of the closure head. Stress corrosion cracks initiating at the inner surface of the penetration have been reported at several plants. Through wall cracks in the CRDM penetration or CRDM weld could lead to loss of PV coolant. The penetration presents a complex geometry for conventional NDE techniques. A thermal sleeve, through which pass the mechanical linkages for control-rod operation, is inserted into the penetration so that only a small annulus (nominally 3 mm) exists between the thermal sleeve and inside surface of the penetration. SwRI has developed and evaluated ultrasonic techniques for sizing defects in this area. Long, thin probes were designed to fit into the annulus to carry irrigated ultrasonic transducers into the region of interest. The probes were used to detect cracks in the penetration and to estimate remaining wall thickness

  8. XFEL OSCILLATOR SIMULATION INCLUDING ANGLE-DEPENDENT CRYSTAL REFLECTIVITY

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    Fawley, William; Lindberg, Ryan; Kim, K-J; Shvyd' ko, Yuri

    2010-08-23

    The oscillator package within the GINGER FEL simulation code has now been extended to include angle-dependent reflectivity properties of Bragg crystals. Previously, the package was modified to include frequencydependent reflectivity in order to model x-ray FEL oscillators from start-up from shot noise through to saturation. We present a summary of the algorithms used for modeling the crystal reflectivity and radiation propagation outside the undulator, discussing various numerical issues relevant to the domain of high Fresnel number and efficient Hankel transforms. We give some sample XFEL-O simulation results obtained with the angle-dependent reflectivity model, with particular attention directed to the longitudinal and transverse coherence of the radiation output.

  9. Ultrasonic C-scan Detection for Stainless Steel Spot Welding Based on Wavelet Package Analysis

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    LIU Jing; XU Guocheng; XU Desheng; ZHOU Guanghao; FAN Qiuyue

    2015-01-01

    An ultrasonic test of spot welding for stainless steel is conducted. Based on wavelet packet decomposition, the ultrasonic echo signal has been analyzed deeply in time - frequency domain, which can easily distinguish the nugget from the corona bond. The 2D C-scan images produced by ultrasonic C scan which contribute to quantitatively calculate the nugget diameter for the computer are further analyzed. The spot welding nugget diameter can be automatically obtained by image enhancement, edge detection and equivalent diameter algorithm procedure. The ultrasonic detection values in this paper show good agreement with the metallographic measured values. The mean value of normal distribution curve is 0.006 67, and the standard deviation is 0.087 11. Ultrasonic C-scan test based on wavelet packet signal analysis is of high accuracy and stability.

  10. Impact damage detection in composite panels using guided ultrasonic waves

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    Murat, Bibi Intan Suraya; Khalili, Pouyan; Fromme, Paul

    2014-02-01

    Composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced panels offer many advantages for aerospace applications, e.g, good strength to weight ratio. However, impact during the operation and servicing of the aircraft can lead to barely visible and difficult to detect damage. Depending on the severity of the impact, fiber breakage or delaminations can be induced which reduce the functionality of the structure. Efficient structural health monitoring of such plate-like components can be achieved using guided ultrasonic waves propagating along the structure and covering critical areas. However, the guided wave propagation in such anisotropic and inhomogeneous materials needs to be understood from theory and verified experimentally to achieve sufficient coverage of the structure. Using noncontact laser interferometer measurements the guided wave propagation in carbon fiber reinforced panels was investigated experimentally. Good agreement with calculations using a full three-dimensional Finite Element (FE) model was achieved. Impact damage was induced in the composite panels and the guided wave scattering at the damage measured and quantified. Good agreement with predictions was found and barely visible impact damage in composite panels detected.

  11. Detection and assessment of wood decay in glulam beams using a through-transmission ultrasonic approach

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    Senalik, Adam; Beall, Frank C.; O'Dell, Kristen; Reis, Henrique

    2008-03-01

    A glulam beam retired from the field and without visible indications of wood decay was used. Towards detection and assessing wood decay, X-ray computer tomography and ultrasonic measurements were carried out. It was observed that decrease in mass density with increasing levels of wood decay affects x-rays attenuation and allows radioscopy to detect and assess wood decay. Furthermore, it was also observed that the decrease in mass density and stiffness caused by wood decay affects ultrasonics measurements. It was observed that ultrasonic velocity and stress wave features such as time of arrival, area under the power spectral density curve, energy, and frequency of maximum amplitude allows detection and assessment of wood decay. Results show that results from both X-ray computer tomography and ultrasonic measurements are consistent with each other and can be used to detect and assess wood decay in structural lumber.

  12. Ultrasonic detection of solid phase mass flow ratio of pneumatic conveying fly ash

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    Duan, Guang Bin; Pan, Hong Li; Wang, Yong; Liu, Zong Ming

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, ultrasonic attenuation detection and weight balance are adopted to evaluate the solid mass ratio in this paper. Fly ash is transported on the up extraction fluidization pneumatic conveying workbench. In the ultrasonic test. McClements model and Bouguer-Lambert-Beer law model were applied to formulate the ultrasonic attenuation properties of gas-solid flow, which can give the solid mass ratio. While in the method of weigh balance, the averaged mass addition per second can reveal the solids mass flow ratio. By contrast these two solid phase mass ratio detection methods, we can know, the relative error is less.

  13. Model-Assisted POD for Ultrasonic Detection of Cracks at Fastener Holes

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    Harding, C. A.; Hugo, G. R.; Bowles, S. J.

    2006-03-01

    To reduce the cost of conducting experimental probability of detection (POD) trials, methods which utilize models to account for factors that influence the inspection reliability are being developed. This paper reports the application of POD modeling to ultrasonic detection of cracks emanating from fastener holes. The differences between ultrasonic responses from EDM notches compared to fatigue cracks are examined, including the effects of natural variation in fatigue cracks and crack closure due to residual stresses.

  14. Advanced defect detection algorithm using clustering in ultrasonic NDE

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    Gongzhang, Rui; Gachagan, Anthony

    2016-02-01

    A range of materials used in industry exhibit scattering properties which limits ultrasonic NDE. Many algorithms have been proposed to enhance defect detection ability, such as the well-known Split Spectrum Processing (SSP) technique. Scattering noise usually cannot be fully removed and the remaining noise can be easily confused with real feature signals, hence becoming artefacts during the image interpretation stage. This paper presents an advanced algorithm to further reduce the influence of artefacts remaining in A-scan data after processing using a conventional defect detection algorithm. The raw A-scan data can be acquired from either traditional single transducer or phased array configurations. The proposed algorithm uses the concept of unsupervised machine learning to cluster segmental defect signals from pre-processed A-scans into different classes. The distinction and similarity between each class and the ensemble of randomly selected noise segments can be observed by applying a classification algorithm. Each class will then be labelled as `legitimate reflector' or `artefacts' based on this observation and the expected probability of defection (PoD) and probability of false alarm (PFA) determined. To facilitate data collection and validate the proposed algorithm, a 5MHz linear array transducer is used to collect A-scans from both austenitic steel and Inconel samples. Each pulse-echo A-scan is pre-processed using SSP and the subsequent application of the proposed clustering algorithm has provided an additional reduction to PFA while maintaining PoD for both samples compared with SSP results alone.

  15. Detection of plating defects using ultrasonic and eddy current test methods

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    The validity of ultrasonic and eddy current testing of austenitic platings of reactor pressure vessels was investigated in the context of a project funded by the Federal Radiation Protection Office (Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz). In the first phase, test specimens with natural defects were fabricated at MPA Stuttgart; in the second phase, plating defects were introduced in a MPA large-size vessel. Measurements showed that most plating defects will be detected by standard ultrasonic testing. The highest accuracy was achieved by a combination of ultrasonic and eddy current testing. (orig.)

  16. In vivo ultrasonic detection of polyurea crosslinked silica aerogel implants.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Polyurea crosslinked silica aerogels are highly porous, lightweight, and mechanically strong materials with great potential for in vivo applications. Recent in vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated the biocompatibility of this type of aerogel. The highly porous nature of aerogels allows for exceptional thermal, electric, and acoustic insulating capabilities that can be taken advantage of for non-invasive external imaging techniques. Sound-based detection of implants is a low cost, non-invasive, portable, and rapid technique that is routinely used and readily available in major clinics and hospitals. METHODOLOGY: In this study the first in vivo ultrasound response of polyurea crosslinked silica aerogel implants was investigated by means of a GE Medical Systems LogiQe diagnostic ultrasound machine with a linear array probe. Aerogel samples were inserted subcutaneously and sub-muscularly in a fresh animal model and b cadaveric human model for analysis. For comparison, samples of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS were also imaged under similar conditions as the aerogel samples. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Polyurea crosslinked silica aerogel (X-Si aerogel implants were easily identified when inserted in either of the regions in both fresh animal model and cadaveric model. The implant dimensions inferred from the images matched the actual size of the implants and no apparent damage was sustained by the X-Si aerogel implants as a result of the ultrasonic imaging process. The aerogel implants demonstrated hyperechoic behavior and significant posterior shadowing. Results obtained were compared with images acquired from the PDMS implants inserted at the same location.

  17. Fault detection in small diameter pipes using ultrasonic guided wave technology

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    Sabhnani, Rahul; Humphrey, V.F.; Zaghari, B.; Moshrefi-Torbati, M.

    2015-01-01

    Ultrasonic guided wave technology is one of the more recent developments in the ?eld of non-destructive evaluation. In contrast to conventional ultrasonic, this technology requires exposing only the areas where the transducers will be placed, hence requiring minimal insulation removal and excavation for buried pipes. This paper discusses how this technology can be used to detect defects in pipes under di?erent conditions. Here the experiments were performed on small diameter pipes (

  18. Damage detection in submerged plates using ultrasonic guided waves

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    Sandeep Sharma; Abhijit Mukherjee

    2014-10-01

    This paper describes a non-contact and non-invasive health monitoring strategy for submerged plate structures using guided waves. The structure under consideration is immersed in water and subjected to longitudinal ultrasonic waves at specific angles of incidence using a cylindrical piezoelectric transducer using the surrounding water as coupling medium. Suitable ultrasonic guided wave modes with optimum scanning capabilities have been generated and identified in submerged plate system. Finally, the propagation of selected modes through submerged notched plates is investigated. Sensitivity of leaky waves to the notches has been studied. The methodology would help in identifying damages in the submerged plate structures.

  19. Angle-dependent bandgap engineering in gated graphene superlattices

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    García-Cervantes, H.; Gaggero-Sager, L. M.; Sotolongo-Costa, O.; Naumis, G. G.; Rodríguez-Vargas, I.

    2016-03-01

    Graphene Superlattices (GSs) have attracted a lot of attention due to its peculiar properties as well as its possible technological implications. Among these characteristics we can mention: the extra Dirac points in the dispersion relation and the highly anisotropic propagation of the charge carriers. However, despite the intense research that is carried out in GSs, so far there is no report about the angular dependence of the Transmission Gap (TG) in GSs. Here, we report the dependence of TG as a function of the angle of the incident Dirac electrons in a rather simple Electrostatic GS (EGS). Our results show that the angular dependence of the TG is intricate, since for moderated angles the dependence is parabolic, while for large angles an exponential dependence is registered. We also find that the TG can be modulated from meV to eV, by changing the structural parameters of the GS. These characteristics open the possibility for an angle-dependent bandgap engineering in graphene.

  20. Hidden corrosion detection in aircraft aluminum structures using laser ultrasonics and wavelet transform signal analysis.

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    Silva, M Z; Gouyon, R; Lepoutre, F

    2003-06-01

    Preliminary results of hidden corrosion detection in aircraft aluminum structures using a noncontact laser based ultrasonic technique are presented. A short laser pulse focused to a line spot is used as a broadband source of ultrasonic guided waves in an aluminum 2024 sample cut from an aircraft structure and prepared with artificially corroded circular areas on its back surface. The out of plane surface displacements produced by the propagating ultrasonic waves were detected with a heterodyne Mach-Zehnder interferometer. Time-frequency analysis of the signals using a continuous wavelet transform allowed the identification of the generated Lamb modes by comparison with the calculated dispersion curves. The presence of back surface corrosion was detected by noting the loss of the S(1) mode near its cutoff frequency. This method is applicable to fast scanning inspection techniques and it is particularly suited for early corrosion detection. PMID:12782263

  1. Ultrasonic Phased Array Techniques for Detection of Flaws of Stud Bolts in Nuclear Power Plants

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    The reactor vessel body and closure head are fastened with the stud bolt that is one of crucial parts for safety of the reactor vessels in nuclear power plants. It is reported that the stud bolt is often experienced by fatigue cracks initiated at threads. Stud bolts are inspected by the ultrasonic technique during the overhaul periodically for the prevention of failure which leads to radioactive leakage from the nuclear reactor. The conventional ultrasonic inspection for stud bolts was mainly conducted by reflected echo method based on shadow effect. However, in this technique, there were numerous spurious signals reflected from every oblique surfaces of the thread. In this study, ultrasonic phased array technique was applied to investigate detectability of flaws in stud bolts and characteristics of ultrasonic images corresponding to different scanning methods, that is, sector and linear scan. For this purpose, simplified stud bolt specimens with artificial defects of various depths were prepared

  2. Doppler effect-based fiber-optic sensor and its application in ultrasonic detection

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    Li, Fucai; Murayama, Hideaki; Kageyama, Kazuro; Shirai, Takehiro

    2009-06-01

    Based on the Doppler effect of light wave transmission in optical fiber, Doppler effect-based fiber-optic (FOD) sensor possesses outstanding advantages in acquiring vibration/acoustic waves with high sensitivity. Furthermore, when shape of the FOD sensor was properly selected, its sensitivity was bonding direction-independent, namely non-directionality. In this paper, characteristics of the FOD sensor were investigated for the purpose of ultrasonic detection. A piezoelectric wafer was applied as an actuator to excite Lamb waves, a kind of ultrasonic wave, in an aluminum-alloy plate. Features of the ultrasonic wave signals, collected using a number of spiral FOD sensors with various inner diameters and outer diameters, were compared to investigate characteristics of FOD sensor. Amplitude curves of the FOD sensors were hereby obtained for the future applications in ultrasonic acquisition. The results demonstrated that sensitivity of the spiral FOD sensor with longer optical fiber length was higher than that with shorter fiber length.

  3. Ultrasonic flaw detection of the thin-walled articles weld joints

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    Two versions of the weld joints ultrasonic flaw detections for thin-walled articles using computer-assisted flaw detector on display of which the color picture is formed are described. The detection method of weld joints flaws obtained at contact and diffusive welding is developed

  4. Ultrasonic temperature profiling system for detecting critical heat flux in non-uniformly heated tube bundles

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    A new ultrasonic instrument system was developed and applied to the problem of detecting critical heat flux (CHF) in experiments that simulate a nuclear reactor fuel assembly. This instrumentation system used the principles of ultrasonic thermometry to detect and localte CHF in a tube bundle with non-uniform axial heat generation. The technique consists of measuring the time between pairs of ultrasonic echoes that reflect from a sequence of evenly spaced discontinuities along a sensor. Each measurement of time is directly related to the temperature of a specific segment of a sensor. The system was designed to handle many 16-zone sensors at a high rate of data acquisition so that CHF could be rapidly detected and accurately located. This paper includes a description of the sensor and the signal processing techniques as well as examples of the system's response to CHF

  5. Model based defect detection for free stator of ultrasonic motor

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    Amini, Rouzbeh; Mojallali, Hamed; Izadi-Zamanabadi, Roozbeh;

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, measurements of admittance magnitude and phase are used to identify the complex values of equivalent circuit model for free stator of an ultrasonic motor. The model is used to evaluate the changes in the admittance and relative changes in the values of equivalent circuit elements....... This method identifies the damages and categorizes them. The validity of the method is verified by using free stator measurements of defect free stators of a recently developed multilayer piezoelectric motor....

  6. Ultrasonication of pyrogenic microorganisms improves the detection of pyrogens in the Mono Mac 6 assay

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    Moesby, Lise; Hansen, E W; Christensen, J D

    2000-01-01

    The monocytic cell line Mono Mac 6 is sensitive to pyrogens. When exposed to pyrogens secretion of interleukin-6 is induced. However, some eukaryotic pyrogenic microorganisms are not detectable. The aim of this study is to introduce a pretreatment of samples to expand the detection range of the a......The monocytic cell line Mono Mac 6 is sensitive to pyrogens. When exposed to pyrogens secretion of interleukin-6 is induced. However, some eukaryotic pyrogenic microorganisms are not detectable. The aim of this study is to introduce a pretreatment of samples to expand the detection range...... of the assay. The interleukin-6 inducing capacity of a broad spectrum of UV-killed and ultrasonicated microorganisms is examined in Mono Mac 6 cells. The interleukin-6 secretion is determined in a sandwich immunoassay (DELFIA). The Mono Mac 6 assay is able to detect UV-killed Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus......, ultrasonication of S. aureus results in a 100-fold increase in the interleukin-6 response. Even after ultrasonication Streptococcus faecalis can not be detected. Ultrasonication is an easy and simple method for expanding the detection range in the Mono Mac 6 assay....

  7. Enhancement of crack detection in stud bolts of nuclear reactor by ultrasonic technique

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    The stud bolt is one of crucial parts for safety of reactor vessels in nuclear power plants. Crack initiation and propagation were reported in stud bolts using closure of reactor vessel and head. Stud bolts are inspected by ultrasonic technique during overhaul periodically for the prevention of stud bolt failure and radioactive leakage from nuclear reactor. In conventional ultrasonic testing for inspection of stud bolts, crack was detected by using shadow effect. It takes too much time to inspect stud bolt by using conventional ultrasonic technique. In addition, there were numerous spurious signals reflected from every oblique surfaces of thread. In this study, the signal processing technique for enhancing conventional ultrasonic technique and the advanced ultrasonic phased array technique were introduced for inspect stud bolts. The signal processing technique provides removing spurious signal reflected from every oblique surfaces of thread and enhances detectability of defects. The phased array technique provides fast inspection and can be applied for structure of complex shape. There are sector scanning and linear scanning methods in phased array technique, and these scanning methods were applied to inspect stud bolt and detectability was investigated. (author)

  8. Inner wall inspection of steam generator tubes with circumferential welds using ultrasonic crack detection

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    Cracks in the neighbourhood of circumferential welds at the inside of generator tubes to the weld seam can be detected with an ultrasonic probe system using Rayleigh's surface waves. A reference reflector with about 0.5 mm in depth and 1.5 mm in length is used. The ultrasonic inspection system is using a rotating mirror with two faces which can detect cracks on both sides of the weld and which can clearly separate crown or root indications from real defects. The signal-to-noise ratio is better than 12 dB. The system and results on tubes with artificial and real test reflectors are described

  9. Inner wall inspection of steam generator tubes with circumferential welds using ultrasonic crack detection

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    Cracks in the neighbourhood of circumferential welds at the inside of generator tubes to the weld seam can be detected with an ultrasonic probe system using Rayleigh's surface waves. A reference reflector with about 0.5 mm in depth and 1.5 mm in length is used. The ultrasonic inspection system is using a rotating mirror with two faces which can detect cracks on both sides of the weld and which can clearly separate crown or root indications from real defects. The signal-to-noise ratio is better than 12 dB. The system and results on tubes with artificial and real test reflectors are described. 8 refs

  10. Aerial ultrasonic micro Doppler sonar detection range in outdoor environments.

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    Bradley, Marshall; Sabatier, James M

    2012-03-01

    Current research demonstrates that micro Doppler sonar has the capability to uniquely identify the presence of a moving human, making it an attractive component in surveillance systems for border security applications. Primary environmental factors that limit sonar performance are two-way spreading losses, ultrasonic absorption, and backscattered energy from the ground that appears at zero Doppler shift in the sonar signal processor. Spectral leakage from the backscatter component has a significant effect on sonar performance for slow moving targets. Sonar performance is shown to rapidly decay as the sensor is moved closer to the ground due to increasing surface backscatter levels.

  11. A coupled elastoplastic-damage constitutive model with Lode angle dependent failure criterion

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    Erice Echávarri, Borja; Galvez Diaz-Rubio, Francisco

    2014-01-01

    A coupled elastoplastic-damage constitutive model with Lode angle dependent failure criterion for high strain and ballistic applications is presented. A Lode angle dependent function is added to the equivalent plastic strain to failure definition of the Johnson–Cook failure criterion. The weakening in the elastic law and in the Johnson–Cook-like constitutive relation implicitly introduces the Lode angle dependency in the elastoplastic behaviour. The material model is calibrated for precipitat...

  12. Automatic ultrasonic system for flaw detection and dimensional measurement of precision tubes

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    This paper describes a system, which is installed at Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad. It is a tube rotation fixed probe type of system designed for fully automatic operation at high speed using immersion technique for ultrasonic flaw detection and dimensional measurement of precision of zirconium alloy seamless tubes used in fuel bundles for nuclear reactors

  13. Data Mining Rules for Ultrasonic B-Type Detection and Diagnosis for Cholecystolithiasis

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    LOUWei; YANLi-min; HEGuo-sen

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents realistic data mining based on the data of B-type ultrasonic detection and diagnosis for cholrcystolithiasis (gallbladder stone in biliary tract) recorded by a district central hospital in Shanghai during the past several years. Computer simulation and modeling is described.

  14. Defect Detection of Fiberglass Composite Laminates (FGCL) with Ultrasonic A-Scan Signal Measurement

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    Mahmod, M. F.; Abu Bakar, Elmi; Othman, A. R.

    2016-02-01

    Fiberglass composite laminates are widely used in many industries, due to its advantages of high specific strength and high specific modulus. Invisible defect such as delamination and inclusion may cause composite structural failure. Therefore, several research on ultrasonic testing for composite material defect detection have been done for the past few years. However, improper parameter setup may lead to significant error to determine the behavior of defects. In this paper, the intensive study on defect detection with ultrasonic single crystal immersion transducer has been conducted. In general, the defects detection thru acquired signal is determine the behavior of defects through the certain ultrasonic parameter setup such as sound velocity, pulse width, gain, sampling rate and transducer distance with specimen surface. Furthermore, an A-scan signal interpretation for FGCL defect detection is demonstrated and illustrated. This research is focusing on for FGCL with maximum thickness up to 10 mm in ambient temperature. The result shows an appropriate ultrasonic parameter will result better signal interpretation analysis.

  15. Detection of defect in concrete specimen using ultrasonic wave overlap method

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    The detection of defects in concrete specimens using ultrasonic wave overlap method is studied. Experimental studies are performed to understand the interaction between crack depth, inclusion, and steel bar. In this study, the specimens with surface-opening crack and inclusion were made and tested. The scope of measurement is evaluated through the extension of probing distance. The relationship between crack depth and probing distance estimates that it is effect in case of probing distance less than crack depth. With the results from this study, it is found that the technique using the ultrasonic wave overlap is one of very useful method to evaluate the concrete defect.

  16. Detection of defect in concrete specimen using ultrasonic wave overlap method

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    Kim, Yeon Su; Rhim, Hong Chul [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Woo, Sang Kyun; Song, Young Chul [Korea Electric Power ResearchInstitue, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-11-15

    The detection of defects in concrete specimens using ultrasonic wave overlap method is studied. Experimental studies are performed to understand the interaction between crack depth, inclusion, and steel bar. In this study, the specimens with surface-opening crack and inclusion were made and tested. The scope of measurement is evaluated through the extension of probing distance. The relationship between crack depth and probing distance estimates that it is effect in case of probing distance less than crack depth. With the results from this study, it is found that the technique using the ultrasonic wave overlap is one of very useful method to evaluate the concrete defect.

  17. Laser detection of ultrasonic waves with concave portions of the wave fronts.

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    Korkh, Yulia; Perov, Dmitry; Rinkevich, Anatoly

    2012-10-01

    Special features of ultrasonic pulse wave field detection with concave regions of the wave fronts are investigated with the use of ultrasonic laser interferometry technique. Experimental proofs of the wave front with concave regions are obtained and it is found that the nonmonotonic wave front profiles are well described by the fourth-order even polynomial. The model proposed is applied to the investigation of the spatiotemporal structure of elastic wave fields on solid surfaces. The results obtained can be used for estimating the local wave front curvature.

  18. Development of the ultrasonic flaw detection system for prototype FBR 'Monju' steam generators

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    The supersonic flaw detection system for steam generator tubes, which is required to inspect the tubes quickly and accurately and to confirm the soundness, was developed, and the synthetic test of the whole system was carried out for verifying the function. This system is characterized by testing the heating tubes from inside, inserting electronic scanning, multi-array type ultrasonic flow detection probes by water flow pressure, and has the function to simultaneously detect circumferential, axial and wall-thinning defects at 4 m/min in helical coil tubes of about 100 m length. Besides, as the flaw detection ability, the defects with depth equivalent to 5 % of the wall thickness of tubes (0.2 mm) can be detected. In the synthetic test of the whole system, the steam generator tubes with same dimensions as those for Monju were used, and the easiness of inserting the probes into the tubes and the ability of detecting flaws (with depth of 20 % wall thickness) were confirmed. This system consists of ultrasonic flaw detection probes, an ultrasonic flaw detection equipment, a signal processor and a cable driving and positioning device. The objective of the development of this system was almost attained. (Kako, I.)

  19. A study on the diagnosis for power transformer by Ultrasonic wave detection

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    The objectives of this study is to develop a device which could diagnose periodically the degradation of power transformer using ultrasonic signal through ultrasonic transducer attached surface of power transformer. And also it makes possible to reduce power failure time due to the power transformer fault and makes power system more reliable. Ultrasonic diagnostic device for power transformer was developed through this study. The developed device will contributed to early detection of fault and its location in the power transformer while it is operated, and also to extension of transformer life cycle, localization of this device will be reduced it's cost down compared with off shore. This device consisted of a new diagnostic algorithm is well suited for the power transformer which could found out some fault during the operation of on line monitoring system. This system could be extended to the general industrial plant utilizing the accumulated diagnostic technique.

  20. A study on the diagnosis for power transformer by ultrasonic wave detection(2)

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    The objectives of this study is to develop a device which could diagnose periodically the degradation of power transformer using ultrasonic signal through ultrasonic transducer attached surface of power transformer. And also it makes possible to reduce power failure time due to the power transformer fault and makes power system more reliable. Ultrasonic diagnostic device for power transformer was developed through this study. The developed device will contributed to early detection of fault and its location in the power transformer while it is operated, and also to extension of transformer life cycle, localization of this device will be reduced it's cost down compared with off shore. This device consisted of a new diagnostic algorithm is well suited for the power transformer which could found out some fault during the operation of on line monitoring system. This system could be extended to the general industrial plant utilizing the accumulated diagnostic technique.

  1. Hidden disbond detection in spent nuclear fuel storage systems using air-coupled ultrasonics

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    Song, Homin; Popovics, John S.

    2016-04-01

    This paper studies an air-coupled ultrasonic scanning approach for damage assessment in steel-clad concrete structures. An air-coupled ultrasonic sender generates guided plate waves in the steel cladding and a small contact-type receiver measures the corresponding wave responses. A frequency-wavenumber (f-k) domain signal filtering technique is used to isolate the behavior of the fundamental symmetric (S0) mode of the guided plate waves. The behavior of the S0 mode is sensitive to interface bonding conditions. The proposed inspection approach is verified by a series of experiments performed on laboratory-scale specimens. The experimental results demonstrate that hidden disbond between steel cladding and underlying concrete substrate can be successfully detected with the ultrasonic test setup and the f-k domain signal filtering technique.

  2. Improved corner detection by ultrasonic testing using phase analysis.

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    Broberg, Patrik; Runnemalm, Anna; Sjödahl, Mikael

    2013-02-01

    In ultrasonic testing, corners are used for sensitivity calibration in the form of notches, for measuring the sound velocity in the material, and as known reference points during testing. A 90° corner will always reflect incoming waves in the opposite direction due to a double reflection and therefore give a strong echo. This article presents a method for separating the echo from a corner from other echoes and more accurately find the position of the corner. The method is based on analysing the phase of the reflected signal. The proposed method was tested on a steel calibration block and the width of the indication was reduced by up to 50% compared to the amplitude signal. This results in a more accurate positioning of the corner. Using the phase instead of the amplitude will also improve the reliability, since reflections other than from corners will disappear. PMID:23164172

  3. Effect of stress on ultrasonic response in detection and sizing of cracks

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    Laukkanen, A. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Materials and Structural Integrity, Espoo (Finland); Kemppainen, M.; Virkkunen, I. [Trueflaw ltd (Finland); Pitkaenen, J.

    2007-07-01

    In different NDT techniques huge developments have been achieved during the last few years with regard to crack detection and sizing. In a large range of materials, cracks are one of the most dangerous defect types. A crack is a planar reflector, which is sometimes extremely difficult to detect and to be sized. A crack can be totally open, partly closed or even totally closed because of compressive stresses. The effects of stresses cause problems, for instance, in inservice inspections of nuclear power plants in detection and sizing of closed cracks. This phenomenon causes similar effects in all kinds of plants and components. In this study some experimental inspections have been carried out as well as some FEM calculations of stress field around the crack and compared to corresponding measurements in literature. Materials used for this study are austenitic and ferritic piping steel. The dynamic load applied to the cracks was in form of different thermal cycles. The maximum temperature variations were from 20 C to 600 C depending on each dynamic loading cycle. Different types of ultrasonic methods were used in the measurements. The effect of closure on the response of normal ultrasonic practical probes was recorded. Dynamic loading during ultrasonic measurement gives clear evidence on the effect of the crack closure as well as on the amplitude variation limits in ultrasonic testing. (orig.)

  4. Detection of cracks in stud bolts of nuclear reactor by novel ultrasonic technique

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    The stud bolt is one of the most critical parts for the safety of reactor vessels in nuclear power plants. However, in the practical application of ultrasonic technique for crack detection in stud bolt, the classification of crack signal from the signals reflected from threads in stud bolt is very difficult. In this study, shadow effect technique combined with new signal processing method has been investigated to enhance the detectability of small crack initiated from root of thread in stud bolt. The key idea of new signal processing concept is based on the fact that the shape of waveforms from the threads is uniform since the shape of the threads in a bolt is same. If some cracks exist in the thread, the flaw signals are different from the reference signals. It has shown that the small flaws can be effectively detected by novel ultrasonic technique combined with this new signal processing concept. (orig.)

  5. Enhancement of crack detection in stud bolts of nuclear reactor by ultrasonic signal processing technique

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    'Full-text:' The stud bolts is one of the most critical parts for safety of reactor vessels in the nuclear power plants. However, in the application of ultrasonic technique for crack detection in stud bolt, some difficulties encountered are classification of crack signal from the signals reflected from threads part in stud bolt. In this study, shadow effect technique combined with new signal processing method is Investigated to enhance the detectability of small crack initiated from root of thread in stud bolt. The key idea of signal processing is based on the fact that the shape of waveforms from the threads is uniform since the shape of the threads in a bolt is same. If some cracks exist in the thread, the flaw signals are different to the reference signals. It is demonstrated that the small flaws are efficiently detected by novel ultrasonic technique combined with this new signal processing concept. (author)

  6. Ultrasonic physics

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    Richardson, E G

    1962-01-01

    Ultrasonic Physics, Second Edition, provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of ultrasonic physics. The book opens with a discussion of the sources of ultrasound. This is followed by separate chapters on the properties and detection of ultrasonic radiation; measurement of propagation constants, i.e., the velocity and absorption, of ultrasound; ultrasound propagation in gases, liquids, and solids; and ultrasound propagation in aerosols, suspensions, and emulsions. The final chapter covers miscellaneous physical and physico-chemical actions, including dispersion and coagulation of

  7. Ultrasonic Guided Wave Method For Crack Detection In Buried Plastic Pipe

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    Wan Hamat Wan Sofian

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Plastic pipe are widely used in many fields for the fluid or gaseous product conveyance but basic components of a plastic material made it very sensitive to damage, which requires techniques for detecting damage reliable and efficient. Ultrasonic guided wave is a sensitive method based on propagation of low-frequency excitation in solid structures for damage detection. Ultrasonic guided wave method are performed to investigate the effect of crack to the frequency signal using Fast Fourier Transform (FFT analysis. This paper researched to determine performance of ultrasonic guided wave method in order to detect crack in buried pipeline. It was found that for an uncrack pipe, FFT analysis shows one peak which is the operating frequency by the piezoelectric actuator itself while the FFT analysis for single cracked pipe shows two peak which is the operating frequency by the piezoelectric actuator itself and the resultant frequency from the crack. For multi cracked pipe, the frequency signal shows more than two peak depend the number of crack. The results presented here may facilitate improvements in the accuracy and precision of pipeline crack detection.

  8. Rapid Detection of high-level oncogene amplifications in ultrasonic surgical aspirations of brain tumors

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    Truong Long N

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Genomic tumor information, such as identification of amplified oncogenes, can be used to plan treatment. The two sources of a brain tumor that are commonly available include formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE sections from the small diagnostic biopsy and the ultrasonic surgical aspiration that contains the bulk of the tumor. In research centers, frozen tissue of a brain tumor may also be available. This study compared ultrasonic surgical aspiration and FFPE specimens from the same brain tumors for retrieval of DNA and molecular assessment of amplified oncogenes. Methods Surgical aspirations were centrifuged to separate erythrocytes from the tumor cells that predominantly formed large, overlying buffy coats. These were sampled to harvest nuclear pellets for DNA purification. Four glioblastomas, 2 lung carcinoma metastases, and an ependymoma were tested. An inexpensive PCR technique, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA, quantified 79 oncogenes using 3 kits. Copy number (CN results were normalized to DNA from non-neoplastic brain (NB in calculated ratios, [tumor DNA]/[NB DNA]. Bland-Altman and Spearman rank correlative comparisons were determined. Regression analysis identified outliers. Results Purification of DNA from ultrasonic surgical aspirations was rapid ( Conclusions Buffy coats of centrifuged ultrasonic aspirations contained abundant tumor cells whose DNA permitted rapid, multiplex detection of high-level oncogene amplifications that were confirmed in FFPE. Virtual slides http://www.diagnosticpathology.diagnomx.eu/vs/1883718801686466

  9. Feature extraction for ultrasonic sensor based defect detection in ceramic components

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    Kesharaju, Manasa; Nagarajah, Romesh

    2014-02-01

    High density silicon carbide materials are commonly used as the ceramic element of hard armour inserts used in traditional body armour systems to reduce their weight, while providing improved hardness, strength and elastic response to stress. Currently, armour ceramic tiles are inspected visually offline using an X-ray technique that is time consuming and very expensive. In addition, from X-rays multiple defects are also misinterpreted as single defects. Therefore, to address these problems the ultrasonic non-destructive approach is being investigated. Ultrasound based inspection would be far more cost effective and reliable as the methodology is applicable for on-line quality control including implementation of accept/reject criteria. This paper describes a recently developed methodology to detect, locate and classify various manufacturing defects in ceramic tiles using sub band coding of ultrasonic test signals. The wavelet transform is applied to the ultrasonic signal and wavelet coefficients in the different frequency bands are extracted and used as input features to an artificial neural network (ANN) for purposes of signal classification. Two different classifiers, using artificial neural networks (supervised) and clustering (un-supervised) are supplied with features selected using Principal Component Analysis(PCA) and their classification performance compared. This investigation establishes experimentally that Principal Component Analysis(PCA) can be effectively used as a feature selection method that provides superior results for classifying various defects in the context of ultrasonic inspection in comparison with the X-ray technique.

  10. Characterization and comparison of defects detection limits of three ultrasonic non destructive methods

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    Welemane H.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the Liquid Resin Infusion (LRI process developed within the research program “FUSelage COMPosite” of DAHER SOCATA. This manufacturing process enables the realization of complex composite structures or fuselage elements in a single phase (mono-material, which considerably reduce connections and relative difficulties. The concern here is the investigation of non destructive testing (NDT methods that can be applied to LRI-structures in order to define their capacities for defect detection, and especially their associated critical defect size. In aviation industry, the AITM standards require the ultrasonic testing as NDT for composite materials. Therefore the aim of this work is to characterize and compare three different and complementary ultrasonic techniques on composite specimens. Such analysis allows to define the NDT application field of each method in term of defect detection.

  11. Fault detection in small diameter pipes using ultrasonic guided wave technology

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    Sabhnani, Rahul M.; Humphrey, Victor; Zaghari, Bahareh; Moshrefi-Torbati, Mohamed

    2015-03-01

    Ultrasonic guided wave technology is one of the more recent developments in the field of non-destructive evaluation. In contrast to conventional ultrasonic, this technology requires exposing only the areas where the transducers will be placed, hence requiring minimal insulation removal and excavation for buried pipes. This paper discusses how this technology can be used to detect defects in pipes under different conditions. Here the experiments were performed on small diameter pipes (diameter); which were bare pipe, buried pipe and bitumen coated pipe. The results were gathered to see the effectiveness of this technology in detecting defects. Experiments were conducted using two dry coupled piezoelectric transducers, where one of them transmitted guided waves along the pipe and the other received them. The transducers produced tangential displacement, thereby generating the fundamental torsional mode T(0,1). In order to assess whether having multiple transducers has any effect on the resultant waveform, the receiving transducer was rotated around the circumference of the pipe.

  12. A SENSITIVE AND STABLE CONFOCAL FABRY-PEROT INTERFEROMETER FOR SURFACE ULTRASONIC VIBRATION DETECTION

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    DING HONG-SHENG; TONG LI-GE; CHEN GENG-HUA

    2001-01-01

    A new confocal Fabry-Pérot interferometer (CFPI) has been constructed. By using both of the conjugate rays,the sensitivity of the system was doubled. Moreover, the negative feedback control loop of a single-chip microcomputer (MCS-51) was applied to stabilize the working point at an optimum position. The system has been used in detecting the piezoelectric ultrasonic vibration on the surface of an aluminium sample.

  13. A new ultrasonic method to detect chemical additives in branded milk

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    S Mohanan; P G Thomas Panicker; Lilly Iype; M Laila; I Domini; R G Bindu

    2002-09-01

    A new ultrasonic method – thermoacoustic analysis – is reported for the detection of the added chemical preservatives in branded milk. The nature of variation and shift in the thermal response of the acoustic parameters specific acoustic impedance, adiabatic compressibility and Rao’s specific sound velocity for different samples of branded milk as compared to the chemical added pure milk are explained as due to the presence of chemicals in these branded samples.

  14. A Digital Method for the Detection of Blood Flow Direction in Ultrasonic Doppler Systems

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    P. Acevedo–Contla.; M. Barragán–Ocampo.; E. Moreno–Hernández.; F. García–Nocetti.; M. Fuentes–Cruz.; A. Sotomayor–Ortega

    2010-01-01

    Doppler ultrasound systems are widely used to study blood flow and diagnosis of vascular diseases. An important characteristic of these systems is the ability to detect the direction of the blood flow. Most Doppler ultrasound systems apply a quadrature demodulation technique on the ultrasonic transducer output signal. Therefore additional treatment is necessary to separate forward and reverse flow signals. This work presents a digital method to convert signals in quadrature into directional s...

  15. Ultrasonic detection of laminar-type defects in iridium alloy blanks

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    Cook, K.V.; Cunningham, R.A. Jr.; Simpson, W.A. Jr.; McClung, R.W.

    1986-07-01

    Encapsulated isotopic heat sources for use in generating electrical power for space applications require flight-quality hardware material. Iridium is the chosen material for such applications, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been the prime supplier of iridium alloy forming blanks 52 mm in diameter by 0.66 mm thick (1.0 by 0.026 in.). Prior to the work reported here, these blanks were ultrasonically examined by using 0.9-mm-diam (0.035-in.) simulated flaw standards. However, as a result of this effort, the sensitivity of our ultrasonic pulse-echo test system has been increased. The improved ultrasonic test system permits blank inspection at the 0.5-mm-diam (0.020-in.) simulated flaw detection level. This test system was successfully demonstrated on the initial blanks provided via an improved processing route (consumable arc-melting, extruding, and rolling). The equipment modification and/or selection and the specific focused search unit immersion technique developed to provide this capability are described. The improved flaw detection capability also provides data maps of a common type of defect in iridium (delaminations).

  16. Reference-free fatigue crack detection using nonlinear ultrasonic modulation under various temperature and loading conditions

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    Lim, Hyung Jin; Sohn, Hoon; DeSimio, Martin P.; Brown, Kevin

    2014-04-01

    This study presents a reference-free fatigue crack detection technique using nonlinear ultrasonic modulation. When low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) inputs generated by two surface-mounted lead zirconate titanate (PZT) transducers are applied to a structure, the presence of a fatigue crack can provide a mechanism for nonlinear ultrasonic modulation and create spectral sidebands around the frequency of the HF signal. The crack-induced spectral sidebands are isolated using a combination of linear response subtraction (LRS), synchronous demodulation (SD) and continuous wavelet transform (CWT) filtering. Then, a sequential outlier analysis is performed on the extracted sidebands to identify the crack presence without referring any baseline data obtained from the intact condition of the structure. Finally, the robustness of the proposed technique is demonstrated using actual test data obtained from simple aluminum plate and complex aircraft fitting-lug specimens under varying temperature and loading variations.

  17. Flow angle dependent photoacoustic Doppler power spectra under intensity-modulated continuous wave laser excitation

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    Yu Tong

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Photoacoustic Doppler (PAD power spectra showing an evident Doppler shift represent the major characteristics of the continuous wave-excited or burst wave-excited versions of PAD flow measurements. In this paper, the flow angle dependences of the PAD power spectra are investigated using an experiment setup that was established based on intensity-modulated continuous wave laser excitation. The setup has an overall configuration that is similar to a previously reported configuration, but is more sophisticated in that it accurately aligns the laser illumination with the ultrasound detection process, and in that it picks up the correct sample position. In the analysis of the power spectra data, we find that the background power spectra can be extracted by combining the output signals from the two channels of the lock-in amplifier, which is very useful for identification of the PAD power spectra. The power spectra are presented and analyzed in opposite flow directions, at different flow speeds, and at different flow angles. The power spectra at a 90° flow angle show the unique properties of symmetrical shapes due to PAD broadening. For the other flow angles, the smoothed power spectra clearly show a flow angle cosine relationship.

  18. Ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation for characterisation, microdefects detection and imaging of industrial/medical based materials

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    The ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation (NDE) has emerged as one of the powerful methods to characterise the materials. The recent adventure of electronics and computers lead to tremendous developments in the field of ultrasonics NDE. In the present paper an attempt has been made to characterise the industrial based materials such as semiconducting glasses, superconducting glass and glass ceramics and bio active glasses through ultrasonic NDE. The factors like surface defects, subsurface defects etc. can not be studied using the traditional ultrasonics NDT and other methods. However, microdefects detection and imaging of the above materials will give a better insight into the properties of the above materials. Therefore, the basic principle, operation and application of scanning acoustic microscopy has been discussed briefly for the NDE of microdefects detection and imaging of the materials. (author)

  19. Ultrasonic Detection of Delamination and Material Characterization of Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Chen, Hung-Liang Roger; Zhang, Binwei; Alvin, Mary Anne; Lin, Yun

    2012-12-01

    This article describes ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) to detect the changes of material properties and provide early warning of delamination in thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems. NDE tests were performed on single-crystal René N5 superalloy coupons that were coated with a commercially available MCrAlY bond coat and an air plasma sprayed 7% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) top coat deposited by Air Plasma Spray method, as well as Haynes 230 superalloy coupons coated with MCrA1Y bond coat, and an electron beam physical vapor deposit of 7% YSZ top coat. The TBC coupons were subjected to either cyclic or isothermal exposure for various lengths of time at temperatures ranging from 900 to 1100 °C. The ultrasonic measurements performed on the coupons had provided an early warning of delamination along the top coat/TGO interface before exposure time, when delamination occurred. The material's property (Young's modulus) of the top coat was estimated using the measured wave speeds. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the ultrasonic wave propagation was conducted on a simplified TBC system to verify experimental observations. The technique developed was also demonstrated on an as-manufactured turbine blade to estimate normalized top coat thickness measurements.

  20. Study on flaw detection and evaluation technique for turbine rotor disc using ultrasonic inspection

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    Rim or web part of the turbine rotor disc can be inspected by magnetic test(MT) or penetration test(PT) because of easy accessibility to them. but, unless disc is separated from a rotor, above NDT inspection of hub, keyway part and bore surface is not applicable because of difficult accessibility to them. MT method which has been used for inspection of the LP turbine disc, should be replaced by a new method as it has caused an increase of the manpower followed by blade separation and prolonged shut-down periods. So, ultrasonic inspection that can be inspected promptly and elucidated crack size, is urgently required for a disc, and can not but depend on this method. However, due to complexity of their shape and structure, and unestablishment of inspection technique, ultrasonic inspection for a disc has many difficulties such as inspection method, flaw evaluation and signal analysis etc. Thus, in this study, ultrasonic inspection technique to detect and assess flows occurred in turbine rotor disc was developed, and also their inspection procedure was established for guarantee of safety and reliability on turbine for a power plant.

  1. Cladding flaw detection and sizing by horizontally polarized shear wave ultrasonic EMAT transducers

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    Further experimental work was done within the framework of the current research contract on the employment of the EMAT technique in the ultrasonic inspection of reactor vessel cladding. This year's activity focused on the study of the space distribution of the ultrasonic beam generated by the flexible transducers developed during the course of the previous year, and on the inspection of the cladding of the JRC-ISPRA PWR vessel 1:5 scale model. Two transducer pairs were used to make laboratory measurements on the clad and unclad test block sides for the purpose of studying ultrasonic beam distribution. It emerged that the cladding tended to confine the beam. If however the wavelength was equal to or greater than the cladding thickness the confinement was not complete and became less and less evident with increasing wavelength. It was consequently possible to pick up echoes produced by flaws located both within the cladding and in the underlaying layers. The PWR vessel model cladding was then inspected in the neighbourhood of the welds and a large number of flaws was found. The EMAT technique has proved to be suitable for the detection and rough location of flaws but less so for their sizing, although in some cases it was possible to assess the distance between the flaw and the cladding top

  2. Improvement to defect detection by ultrasonic data processing: the DTVG method; Amelioration de detection de defaut par ultrasons: la methode DTVG

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    Francois, D.

    1995-10-01

    The cast elbows of the pipes of the principal primary circuit of French PWR, made of austenitic-ferritic stainless steel, pose problems to control. In order to improve the ultrasonic detection of defects in coarse-grained materials, we propose a method (called DTVG) based on the statistic study of the spatial stability of events contained in temporal signals. At the Beginning, the method was developed during a thesis (G. Corneloup, 1998) to improve the detection of cracks in thin thickness austenitic welds. Here, we propose to adapt the DTVG method and estimate its performances in detection of defects in thick materials representative of cast austenitic-ferritic elbows steels. The first objective of the study is adapting the original treatment applied to the thin thickness austenitic welds for the detection of defects in thick thickness austenitic-ferritic cast steels. The second objective consist of improving the algorithm to take in account the difference between thin and thick material and estimating the performances of the DTVG method in detection in specimen block with artificial defects. This work has led to adapt the original DTVG method to control thick cast austenitic-ferritic specimen (80 mm) under normal and oblique incidence. More, the study has allowed to make the the treatment automatic (automatic research of parameters). The results have shown that the DTVG method is fitted to detect artificial defects in thick cast austenitic-ferritic sample steel. All the defects in the specimen block have been detected without revealing false indication. (author). 4 refs., 4 figs.

  3. Generation and detection of ultrasonic waves with no contact by electromagnetic way

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    This work is not only to study and analyse the electromagnetic generation and detection of ultrasonic waves, but to investigate their possible application in nondestructive testing of materials as well. The theory has been based upon the analysis of two magnetic effects. These are namely: the magnetostrictive effect and the electrodynamic effect. The analysis of the latter effect has been founded upon a macroscopic and a microscopic model. For each model, the propagation equation of the electromagnetically produced acoustic waves has been established and resolved. In the microscopic model, two cases have been considered: generation with static induction superposition. Generation without static induction superposition. As regards detection, only the generation with static induction superposition has been considered. Longitudinal and transverse waves have been experimentally generated and detected in steel, aluminium, and copper. The following parameters have been analysed: The static induction effect. The nature propagation medium. The effect of the distance between the generating coil and for receiving one and the material surface. The effect of coil characteristics. Finally, the possibility of generating and detecting ultrasonic waves has been analysed using a single coil in a combined emission - reception mode

  4. A Digital Method for the Detection of Blood Flow Direction in Ultrasonic Doppler Systems

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    P. Acevedo–Contla.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Doppler ultrasound systems are widely used to study blood flow and diagnosis of vascular diseases. An important characteristic of these systems is the ability to detect the direction of the blood flow. Most Doppler ultrasound systems apply a quadrature demodulation technique on the ultrasonic transducer output signal. Therefore additional treatment is necessary to separate forward and reverse flow signals. This work presents a digital method to convert signals in quadrature into directional signals using a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT approach. Validation of the method has been achieved using simulated Doppler ultrasound signals.

  5. Generation of ultrasonic wave by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser and application of detection of defects

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    Conventional ultrasonic evaluation is the contacting method by using transducer and couplant. Thus it not applied the material with high temperature, movement. Substitutionally a laser pulse irradiated on a material generates acoustic wave. In this paper, piezoelectric transducer detects ultrasonic waveforms. We have experimented in low laser energy for nondestructive evaluation. And theoretical waveform is compared with experimental waveform. And longitudinal, shear wave are detected and their sound velocity are obtained exactly. Also, in application, we discussed how flaw detection might be achieved with laser-generated ultrasound in aluminum plate with drill hole.

  6. Assessment of Foot Trajectory for Human Gait Phase Detection Using Wireless Ultrasonic Sensor Network.

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    Qi, Yongbin; Soh, Cheong Boon; Gunawan, Erry; Low, Kay-Soon; Thomas, Rijil

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a new highly accurate gait phase detection system using wearable wireless ultrasonic sensors, which can be used in gait analysis or rehabilitation applications. The gait phase detection system uses the foot displacement information during walking to extract the following gait phases: heel-strike, heel-off, toe-off, and mid-swing. The displacement of foot-mounted ultrasonic sensor is obtained from several passive anchors placed at known locations by employing local spherical positioning technique, which is further enhanced by the combination of recursive Newton-Gauss method and Kalman Filter. The algorithm performance is examined by comparing with a commercial optical motion tracking system with ten healthy subjects and two foot injured subjects. Accurate estimates of gait cycle (with an error of -0.02 ±0.01 s), stance phase(with an error of 0.04±0.03 s), and swing phase (with an error of -0.05±0.03 s) compared to the reference system are obtained. We have also investigated the influence of walking velocities on the performance of the proposed gait phase detection algorithm. Statistical analysis shows that there is no significant difference between both systems during different walking speeds. Moreover, we have tested and discussed the possibility of the proposed system for clinical applications by analyzing the experimental results for both healthy and injured subjects. The experiments show that the estimated gait phases have the potential to become indicators for sports and rehabilitation engineering. PMID:25769165

  7. Assessment of Foot Trajectory for Human Gait Phase Detection Using Wireless Ultrasonic Sensor Network.

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    Qi, Yongbin; Soh, Cheong Boon; Gunawan, Erry; Low, Kay-Soon; Thomas, Rijil

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a new highly accurate gait phase detection system using wearable wireless ultrasonic sensors, which can be used in gait analysis or rehabilitation applications. The gait phase detection system uses the foot displacement information during walking to extract the following gait phases: heel-strike, heel-off, toe-off, and mid-swing. The displacement of foot-mounted ultrasonic sensor is obtained from several passive anchors placed at known locations by employing local spherical positioning technique, which is further enhanced by the combination of recursive Newton-Gauss method and Kalman Filter. The algorithm performance is examined by comparing with a commercial optical motion tracking system with ten healthy subjects and two foot injured subjects. Accurate estimates of gait cycle (with an error of -0.02 ±0.01 s), stance phase(with an error of 0.04±0.03 s), and swing phase (with an error of -0.05±0.03 s) compared to the reference system are obtained. We have also investigated the influence of walking velocities on the performance of the proposed gait phase detection algorithm. Statistical analysis shows that there is no significant difference between both systems during different walking speeds. Moreover, we have tested and discussed the possibility of the proposed system for clinical applications by analyzing the experimental results for both healthy and injured subjects. The experiments show that the estimated gait phases have the potential to become indicators for sports and rehabilitation engineering.

  8. Low noise techniques applied to a piezoceramic receiver for gas coupled ultrasonic flaw detection

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    Farlow, R

    1998-01-01

    Piezoelectric plate transducers are commonly used for the generation and detection of ultrasonic signals and have applications in, for example, non-destructive testing and medical imaging. A rigorous theoretical investigation of thermal noise in plate transducers has been undertaken with the aim of establishing the absolute limits of receiver sensitivity in terms of both Minimum Detectable Power (MDP) and Minimum Detectable Force (MDF). The central feature of the work has been the development of two independent theories which provide identical results. One theory is based on an electrical approach which makes use of an extensively modified version of Hayward's linear systems model of the piezoelectric plate transducer, along with the well known work of Johnson and Nyquist. The other theory is based on a mechanical approach which makes use of the less well known work of Callen and Welton. Both theories indicate that only two parameters are required in order to determine the MDP and MDF of an open circuit trans...

  9. Bond Graph Modelling for Fault Detection and Isolation of an Ultrasonic Linear Motor

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    Mabrouk KHEMLICHE

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper Bond Graph modeling, simulation and monitoring of ultrasonic linear motors are presented. Only the vibration of piezoelectric ceramics and stator will be taken into account. Contact problems between stator and rotor are not treated here. So, standing and travelling waves will be briefly presented since the majority of the motors use another wave type to generate the stator vibration and thus obtain the elliptic trajectory of the points on the surface of the stator in the first time. Then, electric equivalent circuit will be presented with the aim for giving a general idea of another way of graphical modelling of the vibrator introduced and developed. The simulations of an ultrasonic linear motor are then performed and experimental results on a prototype built at the laboratory are presented. Finally, validation of the Bond Graph method for modelling is carried out, comparing both simulation and experiment results. This paper describes the application of the FDI approach to an electrical system. We demonstrate the FDI effectiveness with real data collected from our automotive test. We introduce the analysis of the problem involved in the faults localization in this process. We propose a method of fault detection applied to the diagnosis and to determine the gravity of a detected fault. We show the possibilities of application of the new approaches to the complex system control.

  10. Capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers with diffraction-based integrated optical displacement detection.

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    Hall, Neal A; Lee, Wook; Degertekin, F Levent

    2003-11-01

    Capacitive detection limits the performance of capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) by providing poor sensitivity below megahertz frequencies and limiting acoustic power output by imposing constraints on the membrane-substrate gap height. In this paper, an integrated optical interferometric detection method for CMUTs, which provides high displacement sensitivity independent of operation frequency and device capacitance, is reported. The method also enables optoelectronics integration in a small volume and provides optoelectronic isolation between transmit and receive electronics. Implementation of the method involves fabricating CMUTs on transparent substrates and shaping the electrode under each individual CMUT membrane in the form of an optical diffraction grating. Each CMUT membrane thus forms a phase-sensitive optical diffraction grating structure that is used to measure membrane displacements down to 2 x 10(-4) A/square root(Hz) level in the dc to 2-MHz range. Test devices are fabricated on quartz substrates, and ultrasonic array imaging in air is performed using a single 4-mm square CMUT consisting of 19 x 19 array of membranes operating at 750 kHz. PMID:14682641

  11. Detection of moving capillary front in porous rocks using X-ray and ultrasonic methods

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    Christian eDavid

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Several methods are compared for the detection of moving capillary fronts in spontaneous imbibition experiments where water invades dry porous rocks. These methods are: (i the continuous monitoring of the mass increase during imbibition, (ii the imaging of the water front motion using X-ray CT scanning, (iii the use of ultrasonic measurements allowing the detection of velocity, amplitude and spectral content of the propagating elastic waves, and (iv the combined use of X-ray CT scanning and ultrasonic monitoring. It is shown that the properties of capillary fronts depend on the heterogeneity of the rocks, and that the information derived from each method on the dynamics of capillary motion can be significantly different. One important result from the direct comparison of the moving capillary front position and the P wave attributes is that the wave amplitude is strongly impacted before the capillary front reaches the sensors, in contrast with the velocity change which is concomitant with the fluid front arrival in the sensors plane.

  12. Ultrasonic flaw detection of austenitic stainless steel longitudinally welded pipe and tubing

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    Recently there has been the trend that the welded austenitic stainless steel pipe and tubing are used in the nuclear industry in place of the seamless pipe and tubing. For most of the nuclear components, the pipe and tubing must be examined with ultrasonic method by the demands of ASME SA-655. But the ultrasonic flaw detection of the austenitic welds is generally difficult because of scattering and deflection of the acoustic beam due to the coarse grained and elastically anisotropic preferred oriented structure of dendrite. For the thinner welds of pipe and tubing, the attenuation and deflection of the beam do not make the serious problems, however, the deterioration of the signal-to-noise ratio by the coherent structural noise from the welds may still disturb the flaw detection. The longitudinal wave can be employed to suppress the structural noise. This depends upon its longer wave length. In the automatic examination of the pipe and tubing, however, the customary shear wave angle beam technique must be applied to use the skipped beam

  13. Ultrasonic guided wave detection of scatterers on large clad steel plates

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    Gong, Peng; Harley, Joel B.; Berges, Mario; Junker, Warren R.; Greve, David W.; Oppenheim, Irving J.

    2016-04-01

    "Clad steel" refers to a thick carbon steel structural plate bonded to a corrosion resistant alloy (CRA) plate, such as stainless steel or titanium, and is widely used in industry to construct pressure vessels. The CRA resists the chemically aggressive environment on the interior, but cannot prevent the development of corrosion losses and cracks that limit the continued safe operation of such vessels. At present there are no practical methods to detect such defects from the exposed outer surface of the thick carbon steel plate, often necessitating removing such vessels from service and inspecting them visually from the interior. In previous research, sponsored by industry to detect and localize damage in pressurized piping systems under operational and environmental changes, we investigated a number of data-driven signal processing methods to extract damage information from ultrasonic guided wave pitch-catch records. We now apply those methods to relatively large clad steel plate specimens. We study a sparse array of wafer-type ultrasonic transducers adhered to the carbon steel surface, attempting to localize mass scatterers grease-coupled to the stainless steel surface. We discuss conditions under which localization is achieved by relatively simple first-arrival methods, and other conditions for which data-driven methods are needed; we also discuss observations of plate-like mode properties implied by these results.

  14. A Study on Advanced Ultrasonic Technique for Thermal Fatigue Crack Detection of Thermal Stratification Pipeline in NPPs

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    Ultrasonic inspection techniques are widely used to ensure the reliable operation and lifetime extension of nuclear power plants. Thermal stratification typically occurs in the surge line or the main feed water lines in nuclear power plants. Thermal stratification is a flow condition in which hotter fluid flows over a colder region of fluid in pipeline. Since a change in temperature causes a change in the density of the pipe wall, these thermal conditions might lead to increased overall bending stresses in pipelines. In addition, cyclic changes in stratification height cause thermal stress. This cycling can lead to thermal fatigue crack initiation and crack growth. If thermal fatigue crack grows continuously, the leakage of water or steam will occur and this may cause serious problems on reactor cooling system. Therefore, these cracks must be detected before the crack growth reaches for leakage. In this study, an ultrasonic technique was employed for evaluation of thermal fatigue cracks due to thermal stratification in pipelines of nuclear power plants. The angle beam ultrasonic techniques(time-of-flight diffraction(TOFD) and shadow effect method) were used to detect thermal fatigue cracks which grow from the inner surface of the pipeline. The angle beam ultrasonic technique is usually used for the detection of cracks on the inside of the structures. When ultrasonic waves generated from the angle probe encounters a crack, ultrasonic waves of the shear modes are reflect or transmit from the crack wall. Also ultrasonic waves generated from the angle probe shear modes are diffracted from the tip of the crack, and the shear wave is reflected from the corner of the crack

  15. High-frequency guided ultrasonic waves for hidden defect detection in multi-layer aircraft structures

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    Masserey, B.; Raemy, C.; Fromme, P.

    2012-05-01

    Aerospace structures contain multi-layer components subjected to cyclic loading conditions; fatigue cracks and disbonds can develop, often at fastener holes. High-frequency guided waves have the potential for non-destructive damage detection at critical and difficult to access locations from a stand-off distance. Using commercially available ultrasonic transducers, high frequency guided waves were generated that penetrate through the complete thickness of a model structure, consisting of two adhesively bonded aluminum plates. The wave propagation along the specimen was measured and quantified using a laser interferometer. The wave propagation and scattering at internal defects was simulated using Finite Element (FE) models and good agreement with the measurement results found. The detection sensitivity using standard pulse-echo measurements was verified and the influence of the stand-off distance predicted from the FE simulation results.

  16. Ultrasonic Imaging in Liquid Sodium: A Differential Method for Damages Detection

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    Lubeigt, Emma; Mensah, Serge; Chaix, Jean-François; Rakotonarivo, Sandrine; Gobillot, Gilles; Baqué, François

    The fourth generation of nuclear reactor can use liquid sodium as the core coolant. Under-sodium imaging aims at checking the health of immersed structures and especially at detecting and characterizing potential hazardous damage. The differential approach allows detecting a perturbation by comparison with a reference measurement and by focusing back to any change in the inspected region. The imaging method relies on the adequate combination of two computed ultrasonic fields, one forward and one adjoint. The adjoint field design offers new opportunities to reconstruct either the "scattered" or "shadow" fields respectively in order to form an image of the illuminated contours of an inclusion and an image of the shadow field induced by the presence of that inclusion. Numerical simulations have been carried out to illustrate the complementarycontent of the information conveyed by each of the reconstructions.

  17. One-sided ultrasonic inspection to detect flaws in CFRP composite solid laminates

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    Im, Kwang-Hee; Zhang, Guilina; Hsu, David K.; Barnard, Dan; Kim, Sun-Kyu; Yang, Yong-Jun; Hwang, Woo-Chae; Yang, In-Young; Park, Je-Woong

    2012-04-01

    The importance of Carbon Fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) has been generally recognized, and the CFRP composite laminates are widely used. When ultrasonic inspection is applied on actual aircraft components, the part geometry often lacks flat and parallel faces and the benefit of a backwall echo maybe unavailable. So, it is very necessary to detect flaws and defects in the CFRP composite solid laminates due to the flaws of CFRP composite laminates affecting the properties of the laminate. Firstly, we used miniature potted angle beam transducers (designed for generating mode-converted shear waves or Rayleigh waves in steel) on solid laminates of composites. A pair of such transducers was mounted in a holder in a nose-to-nose fashion to be used as a scanning probe on composites. Secondly, a method was utilized to determine the porosity content of a composite lay-up by processing micrograph images of the laminate. The results from the image processing method are compared with existing data. C-scan images of CFRP samples, which were based on the impacted samples were then produced by combining the pitch-catch probe with a portable manual scanner known as the Generic Scanner ("GenScan"). The signal amplitude of pitch-catch C-scan images was also correlated to the volume percent of porosity in carbon composite laminates. Finally, a simulation was performed with the numerical Wave-2000 Code for predicting the ultrasonic wave in the sample.

  18. Auditory detection of ultrasonic coded transmitters by seals and sea lions.

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    Cunningham, Kane A; Hayes, Sean A; Michelle Wargo Rub, A; Reichmuth, Colleen

    2014-04-01

    Ultrasonic coded transmitters (UCTs) are high-frequency acoustic tags that are often used to conduct survivorship studies of vulnerable fish species. Recent observations of differential mortality in tag control studies suggest that fish instrumented with UCTs may be selectively targeted by marine mammal predators, thereby skewing valuable survivorship data. In order to better understand the ability of pinnipeds to detect UCT outputs, behavioral high-frequency hearing thresholds were obtained from a trained harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) and a trained California sea lion (Zalophus californianus). Thresholds were measured for extended (500 ms) and brief (10 ms) 69 kHz narrowband stimuli, as well as for a stimulus recorded directly from a Vemco V16-3H UCT, which consisted of eight 10 ms, 69 kHz pure-tone pulses. Detection thresholds for the harbor seal were as expected based on existing audiometric data for this species, while the California sea lion was much more sensitive than predicted. Given measured detection thresholds of 113 dB re 1 μPa and 124 dB re 1 μPa, respectively, both species are likely able to detect acoustic outputs of the Vemco V16-3H under water from distances exceeding 200 m in typical natural conditions, suggesting that these species are capable of using UCTs to detect free-ranging fish.

  19. FBG-based ultrasonic wave detection and acoustic emission linear location system

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    JIANG Ming-shun; SUI Qing-mei; JIA Lei; PENG Peng; CAO Yu-qiang

    2012-01-01

    The ultrasonic (US) wave detection and an acoustic emission (AE) linear location system are proposed,which employ fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) as US wave sensors.In the theoretical analysis,the FBG sensor response to longitudinal US wave is investigated.The result indicates that the FBG wavelength can be modulated as static case when the grating length is much shorter than US wavelength.The experimental results of standard sinusoidal and spindle wave test agree well with the generated signal.Further research using two FBGs for realizing linear location is also achieved.The maximumlinear location error is obtained as less than 5 mm.FBG-based US wave sensor and AE linear location provide useful tools for specific requirements.

  20. Fast recognition algorithm of underwater micro-terrain based on ultrasonic detection

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    LUO Bo-wen; ZHOU Zhi-jin; BU Ying-yong; ZHAO Hai-ming

    2008-01-01

    An algorithm was proposed to fast recognize three types of underwater micro-terrain, i.e. the level, the gradient and the uneven. With pendulum single beam bathymeter, the hard level concrete floor, the random uneven floor and the gradient wood panel (8°) were ultrasonically detected 20 times, respectively. The results show that the algorithm is right from fact that the first clustering values of the uneven are all less than the threshold value of 60.0% that is obtained by the level and gradient samples. The algorithm based on the dynamic clustering theory can effectively eliminate the influences of the exceptional elevation values produced by the disturbances resulted from the grazing angle, the characteristic of bottom material and environmental noises, and its real-time capability is good. Thus, the algorithm provides a foundation for the next restructuring of the micro-terrain.

  1. Application of ultrasonic CT method in nondestructive detection of interior defects in large scale concrete structural member of bridge

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    Xiaopei ZHANG; Jianhui QIU; Jianjun NIU; Lizhi DU; Xuege WANG

    2008-01-01

    The ultrasonic computed tomography (USCT) method is derived from the basic principles of X-ray section scanning. This method records the arriving times of ultrasonic wave between the probes and the sources to calculate the elastic wave velocity values in the section using the arrival times. Through analyzed the distribution of elastic wave velocity in aim area, the information of the strength and the homogeneity of the investigated zone could be got indirectly. The authors introduced the operational principle of USCT and a practical case of using this method to detect the interior defects in large scale concrete structural member. Compared with other exploration methods, this method is more efficient and accurate.

  2. A model for the ultrasonic detection of surface-breaking cracks by the scanning laser source technique

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    Arias Vicente, Irene; Achenbach, J. D.

    2004-01-01

    A model for the scanning laser source (SLS) technique is presented. The SLS is a novel laser-based inspection method for the ultrasonic detection of small surface-breaking cracks. The generated ultrasonic signal is monitored as a line-focused laser is scanned over the defect. Characteristic changes in the amplitude and the frequency content are observed. The modeling approach is based on the decomposition of the field generated by the laser in a cracked two-dimensional half-space, by virtue o...

  3. SU-E-T-195: Gantry Angle Dependency of MLC Leaf Position Error

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    Ju, S; Hong, C; Kim, M; Chung, K; Kim, J; Han, Y; Ahn, S; Chung, S; Shin, E; Shin, J; Kim, H; Kim, D; Choi, D [Department of Radiation Oncology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the gantry angle dependency of the multileaf collimator (MLC) leaf position error. Methods: An automatic MLC quality assurance system (AutoMLCQA) was developed to evaluate the gantry angle dependency of the MLC leaf position error using an electronic portal imaging device (EPID). To eliminate the EPID position error due to gantry rotation, we designed a reference maker (RM) that could be inserted into the wedge mount. After setting up the EPID, a reference image was taken of the RM using an open field. Next, an EPID-based picket-fence test (PFT) was performed without the RM. These procedures were repeated at every 45° intervals of the gantry angle. A total of eight reference images and PFT image sets were analyzed using in-house software. The average MLC leaf position error was calculated at five pickets (-10, -5, 0, 5, and 10 cm) in accordance with general PFT guidelines using in-house software. This test was carried out for four linear accelerators. Results: The average MLC leaf position errors were within the set criterion of <1 mm (actual errors ranged from -0.7 to 0.8 mm) for all gantry angles, but significant gantry angle dependency was observed in all machines. The error was smaller at a gantry angle of 0° but increased toward the positive direction with gantry angle increments in the clockwise direction. The error reached a maximum value at a gantry angle of 90° and then gradually decreased until 180°. In the counter-clockwise rotation of the gantry, the same pattern of error was observed but the error increased in the negative direction. Conclusion: The AutoMLCQA system was useful to evaluate the MLC leaf position error for various gantry angles without the EPID position error. The Gantry angle dependency should be considered during MLC leaf position error analysis.

  4. Ultrasonic sensing of GMAW: Laser/EMAT defect detection system. [Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT)

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    Carlson, N.M.; Johnson, J.A.; Larsen, E.D. (EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)); Van Clark, A. Jr.; Schaps, S.R.; Fortunko, C.M. (National Inst. of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (United States))

    1992-01-01

    In-process ultrasonic sensing of welding allows detection of weld defects in real time. A noncontacting ultrasonic system is being developed to operate in a production environment. The principal components are a pulsed laser for ultrasound generation and an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) for ultrasound reception. A PC-based data acquisition system determines the quality of the weld on a pass-by-pass basis. The laser/EMAT system interrogates the area in the weld volume where defects are most likely to occur. This area of interest is identified by computer calculations on a pass-by-pass basis using weld planning information provided by the off-line programmer. The absence of a signal above the threshold level in the computer-calculated time interval indicates a disruption of the sound path by a defect. The ultrasonic sensor system then provides an input signal to the weld controller about the defect condition. 8 refs.

  5. Artificial intelligence and ultrasonic tests in detection of defects; Inteligencias artificiales y ensayos ultrasonicos para la deteccion de defectos

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    Barrera Cardiel, G.; Fabian Alvarez, M. a.; Velez Martinez, M.; Villasenor, L.

    2001-07-01

    One of the most serious problems in the quality control of welded unions is the location, identification and classification of defects. As a solution to this problem, a technique for classification, applicable to welded unions done by electric arc welding as well as by friction, is proposed; it is based on ultrasonic signals. The neuronal networks proposed are Kohonen and Multilayer Percept ron, all in a virtual instrument environment. Currently the techniques most used in this field are: radiological analysis (X-rays) and ultrasonic analysis (ultrasonic waves). The X-ray technique in addition to being dangerous requires highly specialized personnel and equipment, therefore its use is restricted. The ultrasonic technique, in spite of being one of the most used for detection of discontinuities, requires personnel with wide experience in the interpretation of ultrasonic signals, this is a time-consuming process which necessarily increases its operation cost. The classification techniques that we propose turn out to be safe, reliable, inexpensive and easy to implement for the solution of this important problem. (Author) 8 refs.

  6. Ultrasonic Determination Of Recrystallization

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    Generazio, Edward R.

    1988-01-01

    State of recrystallization identified. Measurement of ultrasonic attenuation shows promise as means of detecting recrystallization in metal. Technique applicable to real-time acoustic monitoring of thermomechanical treatments. Starting with work-hardened material, one ultrasonically determines effect of annealing, using correlation between ultrasonic attenuation and temperature.

  7. Effect of Crack Closure on Ultrasonic Detection of Fatigue Cracks at Fastener Holes

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    Bowles, S. J.; Harding, C. A.; Hugo, G. R.

    2009-03-01

    The ultrasonic response from closed fatigue cracks grown in aluminium alloy specimens using a representative aircraft spectrum loading has been characterised as a function of tensile applied load using pulse-echo 45° shear-wave ultrasonic C-scans with focused immersion transducers. Observed trends with crack size and applied load are described and compared to results for artificial machined defects. The results demonstrate that crack closure significantly reduces the ultrasonic response compared to open cracks or machined defects.

  8. Quantitative detection of cerebral arteriosclerosis by means of the Doppler ultrasonic technique.

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    Miyazaki, M

    1986-01-01

    A correlation between the continuity of the cerebral blood flow pattern and the cerebral vascular resistance (namely, cerebral arteriosclerosis) was investigated by the Doppler ultrasonic technique. The following facts were observed. Examination of the brachial blood flow pattern in circulatory stress, i.e., hand-grasping, brachial-binding, cold- and warm-stimulating tests revealed that the more the peripheral vascular resistance was increased, the more was the discontinuity of brachial blood flow pattern increased. Investigation of the continuity of the cerebral blood flow pattern (internal carotid artery) in 18 young healthy persons and 46 elderly patients with cerebral vascular diseases revealed a continuous pattern in all of the young persons, while the discontinuous pattern was frequently observed in the elderly patients. These findings suggest that the cerebral vascular resistance is more increased in the elderly patients than in the young persons. The cerebral blood flow pattern was classified into the following three types according to the continuity of the cerebral blood flow pattern: continuous, intermediate and discontinuous type, and the relation to the Continuous Index (CI), which was devised as an objective parameter of the continuity, was examined. The following CI figures were obtained: 110-200% in the young persons; in the elderly patients: continuous type, 120-185%; intermediate type, 85-135%; discontinuous type, 50-85%. From the above findings it is postulated that the Doppler ultrasonic technique is useful for the quantitative detection of cerebral arteriosclerosis, i.e., anticipation of cerebral vascular accidents, and for the discrimination between arteriosclerotic dementia and Alzheimer's disease. PMID:3525327

  9. The detection of cavitation in hydraulic machines by use of ultrasonic signal analysis

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    Gruber, P.; Odermatt, P.; Etterlin, M.; Lerch, T.; Frei, M.; Farhat, M.

    2014-03-01

    This presentation describes an experimental approach for the detection of cavitation in hydraulic machines by use of ultrasonic signal analysis. Instead of using the high frequency pulses (typically 1MHz) only for transit time measurement different other signal characteristics are extracted from the individual signals and its correlation function with reference signals in order to gain knowledge of the water conditions. As the pulse repetition rate is high (typically 100Hz), statistical parameters can be extracted of the signals. The idea is to find patterns in the parameters by a classifier that can distinguish between the different water states. This classification scheme has been applied to different cavitation sections: a sphere in a water flow in circular tube at the HSLU in Lucerne, a NACA profile in a cavitation tunnel and a Francis model test turbine both at LMH in Lausanne. From the signal raw data several statistical parameters in the time and frequency domain as well as from the correlation function with reference signals have been determined. As classifiers two methods were used: neural feed forward networks and decision trees. For both classification methods realizations with lowest complexity as possible are of special interest. It is shown that three signal characteristics, two from the signal itself and one from the correlation function are in many cases sufficient for the detection capability. The final goal is to combine these results with operating point, vibration, acoustic emission and dynamic pressure information such that a distinction between dangerous and not dangerous cavitation is possible.

  10. The detection of cavitation in hydraulic machines by use of ultrasonic signal analysis

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    This presentation describes an experimental approach for the detection of cavitation in hydraulic machines by use of ultrasonic signal analysis. Instead of using the high frequency pulses (typically 1MHz) only for transit time measurement different other signal characteristics are extracted from the individual signals and its correlation function with reference signals in order to gain knowledge of the water conditions. As the pulse repetition rate is high (typically 100Hz), statistical parameters can be extracted of the signals. The idea is to find patterns in the parameters by a classifier that can distinguish between the different water states. This classification scheme has been applied to different cavitation sections: a sphere in a water flow in circular tube at the HSLU in Lucerne, a NACA profile in a cavitation tunnel and a Francis model test turbine both at LMH in Lausanne. From the signal raw data several statistical parameters in the time and frequency domain as well as from the correlation function with reference signals have been determined. As classifiers two methods were used: neural feed forward networks and decision trees. For both classification methods realizations with lowest complexity as possible are of special interest. It is shown that three signal characteristics, two from the signal itself and one from the correlation function are in many cases sufficient for the detection capability. The final goal is to combine these results with operating point, vibration, acoustic emission and dynamic pressure information such that a distinction between dangerous and not dangerous cavitation is possible

  11. Signal Processing Variables for Optimization of Flaw Detection in Composites Using Ultrasonic Guided Wave Scanning

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    Roth, Don J.; Cosgriff, Laura M.; Martin, Richard E.; Teemer, LeTarrie

    2004-01-01

    This study analyzes the effect of signal processing variables on the ability of the ultrasonic guided wave scan method at NASA Glenn Research Center to distinguish various flaw conditions in ceramic matrix composites samples. In the ultrasonic guided wave scan method, several time- and frequency-domain parameters are calculated from the ultrasonic guided wave signal at each scan location to form images. The parameters include power spectral density, centroid mean time, total energy (zeroth moment), centroid frequency, and ultrasonic decay rate. A number of signal processing variables are available to the user when calculating these parameters. These signal processing variables include 1) the time portion of the time-domain waveform processed, 2) integration type for the properties requiring integrations, 3) bounded versus unbounded integrations, 4) power spectral density window type, 5) and the number of time segments chosen if using the short-time fourier transform to calculate ultrasonic decay rate. Flaw conditions examined included delamination, cracking, and density variation.

  12. Parametric Study of the Device Angle Dependency of a Single Vortex Generator on a Flat Plate

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    Fernandez, U.; Réthoré, Pierre-Elouan; Sørensen, Niels N.;

    . The computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations have been com-pared with a wind tunnel experiment, where the corresponding parametric study was per-formed over a single vane mounted on the test section wall in low-speed wind tunnel. In this experiment the flow was recorded using Stereoscopic Particle Image...... Velocimetry (S-PIV) in cross-planes at various positions downstream of the vane. The main goal of this article is to study the angle dependency of a single VG mounted on a test section wall; for this purpose CFD simulations have been carried out and compared with a wind tunnel experiment and an analytical...

  13. T1rho mapping of entire femoral cartilage using depth- and angle-dependent analysis

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    Nozaki, Taiki; Kaneko, Yasuhito; Yu, Hon J.; Kaneshiro, Kayleigh; Schwarzkopf, Ran; Hara, Takeshi; Yoshioka, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Objectives To create and evaluate normalized T1rho profiles of the entire femoral cartilage in healthy subjects with three-dimensional (3D) angle- and depth-dependent analysis. Methods T1rho images of the knee from 20 healthy volunteers were acquired on a 3.0-T unit. Cartilage segmentation of the entire femur was performed slice-by-slice by a board-certified radiologist. The T1rho depth/angle-dependent profile was investigated by partitioning cartilage into superficial and deep layers, and an...

  14. Determining the Zenith-Angle Dependence of the Martian Surface Radiation Environment

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    Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert; Rafkin, Scot; Reitz, Guenther; Koehler, Jan; Posner, Arik; Hassler, Donald M.; Guo, Jingnan; Ehresmann, Bent; Zeitlin, Cary

    2016-07-01

    We report the zenith angle dependence of the radiation environment at Gale Crater on Mars. This is the first determination of this dependence on another planet than Earth and is important for future human exploration of Mars and understanding radiation effects in the Martian regolith. Within the narrow range of tilt angles (0° ≤ θ ≤ 15°) experienced by Curiosity on Mars, we find a dependence J ∝ cos^{γ'} (θ) with γ' = 1.18 ± 0.07, which is not too different from an isotropic radiation field and quite different from that at sea level on Earth where γ' ≈ 2.0.

  15. On determining the zenith angle dependence of the Martian radiation environment at Gale Crater altitudes

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    Wimmer-Schweingruber, Robert F.; Köhler, Jan; Hassler, Donald M.; Guo, Jingnan; Appel, Jan-Kristoffer; Zeitlin, Cary; Böhm, Eckart; Ehresmann, Bent; Lohf, Henning; Böttcher, Stephan I.; Burmeister, Sönke; Martin, Cesar; Kharytonov, Alexander; Brinza, David E.; Posner, Arik; Reitz, Günther; Matthiä, Daniel; Rafkin, Scott; Weigle, Gerald; Cucinotta, Francis

    2015-12-01

    We report the zenith angle dependence of the radiation environment at Gale Crater on Mars. This is the first determination of this dependence on another planet than Earth and is important for future human exploration of Mars and understanding radiation effects in the Martian regolith. Within the narrow range of tilt angles (0≤θ0≤15°) experienced by Curiosity on Mars, we find a dependence J∝cosγ'(θ) with γ'=1.18±0.07, which is not too different from an isotropic radiation field and quite different from that at sea level on Earth where γ'≈2.0.

  16. In-Line Crack and Stress Detection in Silicon Solar Cells Using Resonance Ultrasonic Vibrations

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    Ostapenko, Sergei

    2013-04-03

    Statement of Problem and Objectives. Wafer breakage in automated solar cell production lines is identified as a major technical problem and a barrier for further cost reduction of silicon solar module manufacturing. To the best of our knowledge, there are no commercial systems addressing critical needs for in-line inspection of the mechanical quality of solar wafers and cells. The principal objective of the SBIR program is to validate through experiments and computer modeling the applicability of the Resonance Ultrasonic Vibrations system, which ultimately can be used as a real-time in-line manufacturing quality control tool for fast detection of mechanically unstable silicon solar cells caused by cracks. The specific objective of Phase II is to move the technology of in-line crack detection from the laboratory level to commercial demonstration through development of a system prototype. The fragility of silicon wafers possessing low mechanical strength is attributed to peripheral and bulk millimeter-length cracks. The research program is based on feasibility results obtained during Phase I, which established that: (i) the Resonance Ultrasonic Vibrations method is applicable to as-cut, processed wafers and finished cells; (ii) the method sensitivity depends on the specific processing step; it is highest in as-cut wafers and lowest in wafers with metallization pattern and grid contacts; (iii) the system is capable of matching the 2.0 seconds per wafer throughput rate of state-of-art solar cell production lines; (iv) finite element modeling provides vibration mode analysis along with peak shift versus crack length and crack location dependence; (v) a high 91% crack rejection rate was confirmed through experimentation and statistical analysis. The Phase II project has the following specific tasks: (i) specify optimal configurations of the in-line system’s component hardware and software; (ii) develop and justify a system prototype that meets

  17. Defect detection performance of the UCSD non-contact air-coupled ultrasonic guided wave inspection of rails prototype

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    Mariani, Stefano; Nguyen, Thompson V.; Sternini, Simone; Lanza di Scalea, Francesco; Fateh, Mahmood; Wilson, Robert

    2016-04-01

    The University of California at San Diego (UCSD), under a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Office of Research and Development (R&D) grant, is developing a system for high-speed and non-contact rail defect detection. A prototype using an ultrasonic air-coupled guided wave signal generation and air-coupled signal detection, paired with a real-time statistical analysis algorithm, has been realized. This system requires a specialized filtering approach based on electrical impedance matching due to the inherently poor signal-to-noise ratio of air-coupled ultrasonic measurements in rail steel. Various aspects of the prototype have been designed with the aid of numerical analyses. In particular, simulations of ultrasonic guided wave propagation in rails have been performed using a Local Interaction Simulation Approach (LISA) algorithm. The system's operating parameters were selected based on Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves, which provide a quantitative manner to evaluate different detection performances based on the trade-off between detection rate and false positive rate. The prototype based on this technology was tested in October 2014 at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, Colorado, and again in November 2015 after incorporating changes based on lessons learned. Results from the 2015 field test are discussed in this paper.

  18. Depth resolution, angle dependence, and the sputtering yield of Irganox 1010 by coronene primary ions.

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    Seah, Martin P; Spencer, Steve J; Shard, Alex G

    2013-10-01

    A study is reported of the depth resolution and angle dependence of sputtering yields using the reference organic material, Irganox 1010, for a new coronene(+) depth profiling ion source at 8 and 16 keV beam energies. This source provides excellent depth profiles as shown by 8.5 nm marker layers of Irganox 3114. Damage occurs but may be ignored for angles of incidence above 70° from the surface normal, as shown by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of the C 1s peak structure. Above 70°, XPS profiles of excellent depth resolution are obtained. The depth resolution, after removal of the thickness of the delta layers, shows a basic contribution of 5.7 nm together with a contribution of 0.043 times the depth sputtered. This is lower than generally reported for cluster sources. The coronene(+) source is thus found to be a useful and practical source for depth profiling organic materials. The angle dependencies of both the undamaged and damaged materials are described by a simple equation. The sputtering yields for the undamaged material are described by a universal equation and are consistent with those obtained for C60(+) sputtering. Comparison with the sputtering yields using an argon gas cluster ion source shows great similarities, but the yields for both the coronene(+) and C60(+) primary ion sources are slightly lower.

  19. Future Constraints on Angle-Dependent Non-Gaussianity from Large Radio Surveys

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    Raccanelli, Alvise; Bartolo, Nicola; Bertacca, Daniele; Liguori, Michele; Matarrese, Sabino; Norris, Ray P; Parkinson, David

    2015-01-01

    We investigate how well future large-scale radio surveys could measure different shapes of primordial non-Gaussianity; in particular we focus on angle-dependent non-Gaussianity arising from primordial anisotropic sources, whose bispectrum has an angle dependence between the three wavevectors that is characterized by Legendre polynomials $\\mathcal{P}_L$ and expansion coefficients $c_L$. We provide forecasts for measurements of galaxy power spectrum, finding that Large-Scale Structure (LSS) data could allow measurements of primordial non-Gaussianity competitive or improving upon current constraints set by CMB experiments, for all the shapes considered. We argue that the best constraints will come from the possibility to assign redshift information to radio galaxy surveys, and investigate a few possible scenarios for the EMU and SKA surveys. A realistic (futuristic) modeling could provide constraints of $f_{\\rm NL}^{\\rm loc} \\approx 1 (0.5)$ for the local shape, $f_{\\rm NL}$ of $\\mathcal{O}(10) (\\mathcal{O}(1))$...

  20. Angle-Dependent Performance in Thin-Film and Transparent Photovoltaics

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    Young, Margaret; Ding, Yunhua; Lunt, Richard

    2014-03-01

    Understanding the angle dependent performance is an important consideration for building integrated photovoltaics (PVs), such as transparent PV windows, where illumination angles are rarely at normal incidence. While the transfer matrix model (TMM) has been widely utilized to model optical interference and quantum efficiency in thin-film PVs at normal incidence, self-consistent simulations for PVs under oblique illumination have not yet been demonstrated. We derive an updated model that is self-consistent for all angles, light polarizations, and electrical / optical configurations, and experimentally verify the predicted angular quantum efficiency response of planar heterojunction (PHJ) transparent PVs. We subsequently use this model to optimize PHJ transparent PVs for maximum short circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) and transparency as a function of the multivariable landscape under a variety of optical and electrical configurations, showing that it is possible to greatly reduce the angle-dependent roll-off in efficiency by moving in this multi-parameter space. We will provide insights into the lesson learned for designing devices that can reduce this roll-off and increase overall yearly power output. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (CAREER award, CBET-1254662). Computational resources have been provided by the Michigan State University High Performance Computing Center.

  1. The In-Plane Anisotropy of WTe2 Investigated by Angle-Dependent and Polarized Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Song, Qingjun; Pan, Xingchen; Wang, Haifeng; Zhang, Kun; Tan, Qinghai; Li, Pan; Wan, Yi; Wang, Yilun; Xu, Xiaolong; Lin, Miaoling; Wan, Xiangang; Song, Fengqi; Dai, Lun

    2016-01-01

    Tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) is a semi-metallic layered transition metal dichalcogenide with a stable distorted 1T phase. The reduced symmetry of this system leads to in-plane anisotropy in various materials properties. We have systemically studied the in-plane anisotropy of Raman modes in few-layer and bulk WTe2 by angle-dependent and polarized Raman spectroscopy (ADPRS). Ten Raman modes are clearly resolved. Their intensities show periodic variation with sample rotating. We identify the symmetries of the detected modes by quantitatively analyzing the ADPRS results based on the symmetry selection rules. Material absorption effect on the phonon modes with high vibration frequencies is investigated by considering complex Raman tensor elements. We also provide a rapid and nondestructive method to identify the crystallographic orientation of WTe2. The crystallographic orientation is further confirmed by the quantitative atomic-resolution force image. Finally, we find that the atomic vibrational tendency and complexity of detected modes are also reflected in the shrinkage degree defined based on ADPRS, which is confirmed by corresponding density functional calculation. Our work provides a deep understanding of the interaction between WTe2 and light, which will benefit in future studies about the anisotropic physical properties of WTe2 and other in-plane anisotropic materials. PMID:27404226

  2. Incident-angle dependent color tuning from a single plasmonic chip

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    We report on a broad color tuning effect covering the visible range from a single plasmonic chip. By simply tilting the orientation of the designed plasmonic chip within a certain range, the photon–plasmon coupling interactions between the incident light and the plasmonic nanostructures on the chip can be finely tuned, resulting in an angle-dependent continuous color filtering effect. The physical mechanism of the device is investigated through the full-wave calculations, which provide important guidance for the design and optimization of the proposed devices. The broad color tuning from the demonstrated single chip will potentially benefit visualization and display technologies, and is particularly useful for the construction of reflection-based spatial light modulators. (paper)

  3. Determination of light output function and angle dependent correction for a stilbene crystal scintillation neutron spectrometer

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    Hansen, W

    2002-01-01

    In addition to liquid NE213 scintillators also stilbene solid crystals are applied traditionally for fast neutron spectrometry. A proper evaluation of experimental data provides a precise determination of the nonlinear light output function for the given scintillator/photomultiplier combination, and for stilbene additionally an adequate correction of the anisotropy effect. Calibration experiments with monoenergetic neutrons (1.2, 2.5, 5.0, 13.95, 14.8, 19.0 MeV) and various neutron incidence angles were carried out at the accelerator facility of the PTB Braunschweig for two cylindrical scintillators (diameter 30 mm x 25 mm, diameter 10 mm x 10 mm). An improved analytic light output function as well as an adequate angle dependent correction function were derived.

  4. Incident angle dependence of reactions between graphene and hydrogen atom by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Saito, Seiki; Nakamura, Hiroaki

    2009-01-01

    Incident angle dependence of reactions between graphene and hydrogen atoms are obtained qualitatively by classical molecular dynamics simulation under the NVE condition with modified Brenner reactive empirical bond order (REBO) potential. Chemical reaction depends on two parameters, i.e., polar angle $\\theta$ and azimuthal angle $\\phi$ of the incident hydrogen. From the simulation results, it is found that the reaction rates strongly depend on polar angle $\\theta$. Reflection rate becomes larger with increasing $\\theta$, and the $\\theta$ dependence of adsorption rate is also found. The $\\theta$ dependence is caused by three dimensional structure of the small potential barrier which covers adsorption sites. $\\phi$ dependence of penetration rate is also found for large $\\theta$.

  5. Plasmonic nanowires arranged in Fibonacci number chain: Excitation angle-dependent optical properties

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Herein we numerically study the excitation angle-dependant far-field and near-field optical properties of vertical plasmonic nanowires arranged in an unconventional linear geometry: Fibonacci number chain. The first five numbers in the Fibonacci series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5 were mapped to the size of gold nanowires, and arranged in a linear chain to study their optical interactions, and compared them to conventional chain of vertical gold nanowires. By harnessing the radiative and evanescent coupling regimes in the geometry, we found a systematic variation in the far-field extinction and near-field confinement in the geometries. Our simulation studies revealed enhanced backscattered intensity in the far-field radiation pattern at excitation angles along the chain-length of Fibonacci geometry, which was otherwise absent for conventional chain of plasmonic nanowires. Such angular reconfiguration of optical fields in unconventional linear geometries can be harnessed for tunable on-chip plasmonics.

  6. View-angle-dependent AIRS Cloudiness and Radiance Variance: Analysis and Interpretation

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    Gong, Jie; Wu, Dong L.

    2013-01-01

    Upper tropospheric clouds play an important role in the global energy budget and hydrological cycle. Significant view-angle asymmetry has been observed in upper-level tropical clouds derived from eight years of Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) 15 um radiances. Here, we find that the asymmetry also exists in the extra-tropics. It is larger during day than that during night, more prominent near elevated terrain, and closely associated with deep convection and wind shear. The cloud radiance variance, a proxy for cloud inhomogeneity, has consistent characteristics of the asymmetry to those in the AIRS cloudiness. The leading causes of the view-dependent cloudiness asymmetry are the local time difference and small-scale organized cloud structures. The local time difference (1-1.5 hr) of upper-level (UL) clouds between two AIRS outermost views can create parts of the observed asymmetry. On the other hand, small-scale tilted and banded structures of the UL clouds can induce about half of the observed view-angle dependent differences in the AIRS cloud radiances and their variances. This estimate is inferred from analogous study using Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS) radiances observed during the period of time when there were simultaneous measurements at two different view-angles from NOAA-18 and -19 satellites. The existence of tilted cloud structures and asymmetric 15 um and 6.7 um cloud radiances implies that cloud statistics would be view-angle dependent, and should be taken into account in radiative transfer calculations, measurement uncertainty evaluations and cloud climatology investigations. In addition, the momentum forcing in the upper troposphere from tilted clouds is also likely asymmetric, which can affect atmospheric circulation anisotropically.

  7. Non-destructive testing methods for detection of creep-induced defects by means of ultrasonic surface waves

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    A method is presented for measuring the propagation velocity of surface waves in the ultrasonic frequency range. The creep-induced defect occurs predominantly at the topmost surface and leads to a minor deceleration of the ultrasonic waves in the material. With increasing penetration depth, the waves increasingly scan the material layers deeper down from the surface, which are increasingly less damaged. This indicates a smooth increase in the propagation velocity. Initial measurements at two damaged pipe bends, both after service times of more than 200.000 hours, exhibit the predicted behaviour. In both cases, the wave velocity increases at damaged sites with increasing penetration depth. The results obtained are in good agreement with metallographic examinations of the detected defect sites at the pipe bends. (orig./MM)

  8. Detection of hard intermetallics in β-quenched and thermally aged Zircaloy-2 using ultrasonic measurements

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    Zircaloy-2 is widely used for critical core components in the pressurised heavy water reactors. Components of Zircaloy-2 are usually fabricated from the β-quenched billets. Proper quenching treatment must be ensured to avoid the rejection of finished products made from Zircaloy-2. Metallographic techniques are used for this purpose. However, it is advantageous to use nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques such as ultrasonics. In this work, laboratory investigations are carried out on the feasibility for the assessment of the acceptability of the β-quenched microstructure using ultrasonic attenuation and velocity measurements in the frequency range 2-100 MHz. Precise velocity measurements with an accuracy of 0.2 ns by cross-correlation technique have been made in this study. Results indicate that low frequency (2-10 MHz) ultrasonic velocity measurements using both longitudinal and transverse waves are useful for revealing the presence of hard intermetallics. High-frequency (75 and 100 MHz) ultrasonic velocity measurements are useful for revealing the early-stage dissociation of β-quenched martensite to α-phase. Ultrasonic measurements are also correlated with hardness and density measurements in addition to microstructural features. As compared to the attenuation measurements, velocity measurements are more reliable and repeatable for microstructural characterisation of Zircaloy-2. (orig.)

  9. Characterization of Angle Dependent Color Travel of Printed Multi-Color Effect Pigment on Different Color Substrates

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Color-travel pigments, which exhibit much more extensive color change as well provide angle-dependent optical effect can be used in many industrial products. In present paper the multi-color effect pigment printed on three different foils with different background color (black, silver and transparent was investigated. The pigment was based on synthetically produced transparent silicon dioxide platelets coated with titanium dioxide. CIEL*a*b* values and reflection of prints were measured by multi-angle spectrophotometer at constant illumination at an angle of 45º and different viewing angles (-15º, 15°, 25º, 45º, 75º and 110º were used. The measurements of printed multi-color pigment showed that CIEL*a*b* color coordinates varied to great extents, depending on detection angles as well on color of the printing substrate. The study revealed that pigmnet printed on black background obtained significant change in color. The study has also shown that when viewing angle increases, the reflection curves decreases.

  10. An evaluation of detection ability of ultrasonic testing with a large aperture transducer for axial cracks in cast stainless steel pipe welds

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    Ultrasonic testing is difficult to apply to cast stainless steel which is the material of the main coolant pipes in pressurized water reactors, because of the large attenuation and scattering of ultrasonic waves caused by its macro structure. In this study, ultrasonic testing for progression of axial fatigue cracks of a welded area in the test piece of cast stainless steel pipe was performed using double big-size ultrasonic probes which were formerly developed in INSS. It was found that detection of defects that were over 6% of the target depth for the specimen thickness of 69mm is possible, and detection of defects with over 10% of the target depth is possible for all test conditions. (author)

  11. Electromagnetic ultrasonic guided waves

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    Huang, Songling; Li, Weibin; Wang, Qing

    2016-01-01

    This book introduces the fundamental theory of electromagnetic ultrasonic guided waves, together with its applications. It includes the dispersion characteristics and matching theory of guided waves; the mechanism of production and theoretical model of electromagnetic ultrasonic guided waves; the effect mechanism between guided waves and defects; the simulation method for the entire process of electromagnetic ultrasonic guided wave propagation; electromagnetic ultrasonic thickness measurement; pipeline axial guided wave defect detection; and electromagnetic ultrasonic guided wave detection of gas pipeline cracks. This theory and findings on applications draw on the author’s intensive research over the past eight years. The book can be used for nondestructive testing technology and as an engineering reference work. The specific implementation of the electromagnetic ultrasonic guided wave system presented here will also be of value for other nondestructive test developers.

  12. Detection of plating defects using ultrasonic and eddy current test methods; Nachweis von Plattierungsfehlern mit Ultraschall- und Wirbelstromverfahren

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    Waidele, H.; Knoch, P. [MPA, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany); Gersinska, R. [BfS Salzgitter (Germany); Brenner, W.; Seidenkranz, T. [TUeV Sued (Germany); Csapo, G.; Just, T. [TUeV Nord (Germany); Weiss, R. [IzfP Saarbruecken (Germany); Rathgeb, W. [IntelligeNDT, Erlangen (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    The validity of ultrasonic and eddy current testing of austenitic platings of reactor pressure vessels was investigated in the context of a project funded by the Federal Radiation Protection Office (Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz). In the first phase, test specimens with natural defects were fabricated at MPA Stuttgart; in the second phase, plating defects were introduced in a MPA large-size vessel. Measurements showed that most plating defects will be detected by standard ultrasonic testing. The highest accuracy was achieved by a combination of ultrasonic and eddy current testing. (orig.) [German] Im Rahmen eines vom Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz gefoerderten Vorhabens wurde die Aussagefaehigkeit von Ultraschall- und Wirbelstrompruefungen an austenitischen Plattierungen von Reaktordruckbehaeltern untersucht. In der ersten Phase des Vorhabens wurden an der MPA Stuttgart Testkoerper mit natuerlichen Fehlern im Plattierungsbereich gefertigt, in einer zweiten Phase wurden Plattierungsfehler in den MPA-Grossbehaelter eingebracht. Die Messungen haben gezeigt, dass die meisten Plattierungsfehler mit Ultraschall-Standardprueftechniken nachweisbar sind, wobei die groesste Aussagekraft bei einer Kombination von Ultraschall- und Wirbelstrompruefung gegeben ist. (orig.)

  13. Ultrasonic testing device

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    The ultrasonic transmitter made of polarized ferroelectric ceramic material (lead zirconate titanate) is arranged in a strip carrier which allows it to be introduced between the fuel elements of a fuel subassembly in a water cooled nuclear reactor. The ultrasonic transmitter is insulated relative to the carrier. The echo of the ra dal ultrasonic pulse is recorded which changes as faulty water filled fuel elements are detected. (RW)

  14. Ultrasonic techniques for process monitoring and control.

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    Chien, H.-T.

    1999-03-24

    Ultrasonic techniques have been applied successfully to process monitoring and control for many industries, such as energy, medical, textile, oil, and material. It helps those industries in quality control, energy efficiency improving, waste reducing, and cost saving. This paper presents four ultrasonic systems, ultrasonic viscometer, on-loom, real-time ultrasonic imaging system, ultrasonic leak detection system, and ultrasonic solid concentration monitoring system, developed at Argonne National Laboratory in the past five years for various applications.

  15. Development and field application of a nonlinear ultrasonic modulation technique for fatigue crack detection without reference data from an intact condition

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    Lim, Hyung Jin; Kim, Yongtak; Koo, Gunhee; Yang, Suyoung; Sohn, Hoon; Bae, In-hwan; Jang, Jeong-Hwan

    2016-09-01

    In this study, a fatigue crack detection technique, which detects a fatigue crack without relying on any reference data obtained from the intact condition of a target structure, is developed using nonlinear ultrasonic modulation and applied to a real bridge structure. Using two wafer-type lead zirconate titanate (PZT) transducers, ultrasonic excitations at two distinctive frequencies are applied to a target inspection spot and the corresponding ultrasonic response is measured by another PZT transducer. Then, the nonlinear modulation components produced by a breathing-crack are extracted from the measured ultrasonic response, and a statistical classifier, which can determine if the nonlinear modulation components are statistically significant in comparison with the background noise level, is proposed. The effectiveness of the proposed fatigue crack detection technique is experimentally validated using the data obtained from aluminum plates and aircraft fitting-lug specimens under varying temperature and loading conditions, and through a field testing of Yeongjong Grand Bridge in South Korea. The uniqueness of this study lies in that (1) detection of a micro fatigue crack with less than 1 μm width and fatigue cracks in the range of 10-20 μm in width using nonlinear ultrasonic modulation, (2) automated detection of fatigue crack formation without using reference data obtained from an intact condition, (3) reliable and robust diagnosis under varying temperature and loading conditions, (4) application of a local fatigue crack detection technique to online monitoring of a real bridge.

  16. Determination Strength of Concrete in-Situ by Seismic Ultrasonic Method in Detecting Risky Structure

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    Uyanik, O.; Öziçer, S.; Sabbağ, N.

    2014-12-01

    Strength of concrete is important in the analysis of structures. Strength of concrete can be determined as destructive or non destructive. In order to determine to strength of concrete as destructive, core is taken from concrete parts of the structure and uniaxial compressive strength test is applied in the laboratory. In contrast, strength of concrete can be determined as non destructive in situ by seismic ultrasonic technique. In this study, seismic ultrasonic P wave velocity measurements. Schmidt hammer test in situ and core sampling along with uniaxial compressive test are carried out in order to determine the strength of concrete in existing structures in Bornova district of İzmir. Seismic ultrasonic P wave velocity measurements in situ were also applied on the core. The concrete strength values obtained from techniques applied in study were compared and error values are determined. By seismic ultrasonic P wave velocity measurements with error value %5 strength of concrete is determined quickly without any destruction on structures studied.

  17. Analytical Model for Estimating the Zenith Angle Dependence of Terrestrial Cosmic Ray Fluxes.

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    Sato, Tatsuhiko

    2016-01-01

    A new model called "PHITS-based Analytical Radiation Model in the Atmosphere (PARMA) version 4.0" was developed to facilitate instantaneous estimation of not only omnidirectional but also angular differential energy spectra of cosmic ray fluxes anywhere in Earth's atmosphere at nearly any given time. It consists of its previous version, PARMA3.0, for calculating the omnidirectional fluxes and several mathematical functions proposed in this study for expressing their zenith-angle dependences. The numerical values of the parameters used in these functions were fitted to reproduce the results of the extensive air shower simulation performed by Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS). The angular distributions of ground-level muons at large zenith angles were specially determined by introducing an optional function developed on the basis of experimental data. The accuracy of PARMA4.0 was closely verified using multiple sets of experimental data obtained under various global conditions. This extension enlarges the model's applicability to more areas of research, including design of cosmic-ray detectors, muon radiography, soil moisture monitoring, and cosmic-ray shielding calculation. PARMA4.0 is available freely and is easy to use, as implemented in the open-access EXcel-based Program for Calculating Atmospheric Cosmic-ray Spectrum (EXPACS). PMID:27490175

  18. Analytical Model for Estimating the Zenith Angle Dependence of Terrestrial Cosmic Ray Fluxes

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    Sato, Tatsuhiko

    2016-01-01

    A new model called “PHITS-based Analytical Radiation Model in the Atmosphere (PARMA) version 4.0” was developed to facilitate instantaneous estimation of not only omnidirectional but also angular differential energy spectra of cosmic ray fluxes anywhere in Earth’s atmosphere at nearly any given time. It consists of its previous version, PARMA3.0, for calculating the omnidirectional fluxes and several mathematical functions proposed in this study for expressing their zenith-angle dependences. The numerical values of the parameters used in these functions were fitted to reproduce the results of the extensive air shower simulation performed by Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS). The angular distributions of ground-level muons at large zenith angles were specially determined by introducing an optional function developed on the basis of experimental data. The accuracy of PARMA4.0 was closely verified using multiple sets of experimental data obtained under various global conditions. This extension enlarges the model’s applicability to more areas of research, including design of cosmic-ray detectors, muon radiography, soil moisture monitoring, and cosmic-ray shielding calculation. PARMA4.0 is available freely and is easy to use, as implemented in the open-access EXcel-based Program for Calculating Atmospheric Cosmic-ray Spectrum (EXPACS). PMID:27490175

  19. Angle-dependent quantum Otto heat engine based on coherent dipole-dipole coupling

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    Su, Shan-He; Luo, Xiao-Qing; Chen, Jin-Can; Sun, Chang-Pu

    2016-08-01

    Electromagnetic interactions between molecules or within a molecule have been widely observed in biological systems and exhibit broad application for molecular structural studies. Quantum delocalization of molecular dipole moments has inspired researchers to explore new avenues to utilize this physical effect for energy harvesting devices. Herein, we propose a simple model of the angle-dependent quantum Otto heat engine which seeks to facilitate the conversion of heat to work. Unlike previous studies, the adiabatic processes are accomplished by varying only the directions of the magnetic field. We show that the heat engine continues to generate power when the angle relative to the vector r joining the centres of coupled dipoles departs from the magic angle θm where the static coupling vanishes. A significant improvement in the device performance has to be attributed to the presence of the quantum delocalized levels associated with the coherent dipole-dipole coupling. These results obtained may provide a promising model for the biomimetic design and fabrication of quantum energy generators.

  20. T1rho mapping of entire femoral cartilage using depth- and angle-dependent analysis

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    To create and evaluate normalized T1rho profiles of the entire femoral cartilage in healthy subjects with three-dimensional (3D) angle- and depth-dependent analysis. T1rho images of the knee from 20 healthy volunteers were acquired on a 3.0-T unit. Cartilage segmentation of the entire femur was performed slice-by-slice by a board-certified radiologist. The T1rho depth/angle-dependent profile was investigated by partitioning cartilage into superficial and deep layers, and angular segmentation in increments of 4 over the length of segmented cartilage. Average T1rho values were calculated with normalized T1rho profiles. Surface maps and 3D graphs were created. T1rho profiles have regional and depth variations, with no significant magic angle effect. Average T1rho values in the superficial layer of the femoral cartilage were higher than those in the deep layer in most locations (p < 0.05). T1rho values in the deep layer of the weight-bearing portions of the medial and lateral condyles were lower than those of the corresponding non-weight-bearing portions (p < 0.05). Surface maps and 3D graphs demonstrated that cartilage T1rho values were not homogeneous over the entire femur. Normalized T1rho profiles from the entire femoral cartilage will be useful for diagnosing local or early T1rho abnormalities and osteoarthritis in clinical applications. (orig.)

  1. T1rho mapping of entire femoral cartilage using depth- and angle-dependent analysis

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    Nozaki, Taiki; Kaneko, Yasuhito; Yu, Hon J.; Yoshioka, Hiroshi [University of California Irvine, Department of Radiological Sciences, Orange, CA (United States); Kaneshiro, Kayleigh [University of California Irvine, School of Medicine, Irvine, CA (United States); Schwarzkopf, Ran [University of California Irvine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Irvine, CA (United States); Hara, Takeshi [Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Intelligent Image Information, Division of Regeneration and Advanced Medical Sciences, Gifu (Japan)

    2016-06-15

    To create and evaluate normalized T1rho profiles of the entire femoral cartilage in healthy subjects with three-dimensional (3D) angle- and depth-dependent analysis. T1rho images of the knee from 20 healthy volunteers were acquired on a 3.0-T unit. Cartilage segmentation of the entire femur was performed slice-by-slice by a board-certified radiologist. The T1rho depth/angle-dependent profile was investigated by partitioning cartilage into superficial and deep layers, and angular segmentation in increments of 4 over the length of segmented cartilage. Average T1rho values were calculated with normalized T1rho profiles. Surface maps and 3D graphs were created. T1rho profiles have regional and depth variations, with no significant magic angle effect. Average T1rho values in the superficial layer of the femoral cartilage were higher than those in the deep layer in most locations (p < 0.05). T1rho values in the deep layer of the weight-bearing portions of the medial and lateral condyles were lower than those of the corresponding non-weight-bearing portions (p < 0.05). Surface maps and 3D graphs demonstrated that cartilage T1rho values were not homogeneous over the entire femur. Normalized T1rho profiles from the entire femoral cartilage will be useful for diagnosing local or early T1rho abnormalities and osteoarthritis in clinical applications. (orig.)

  2. An Ultrasonic Sensor System Based on a Two-Dimensional State Method for Highway Vehicle Violation Detection Applications

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    Liu, Jun; Han, Jiuqiang; Lv, Hongqiang; Li, Bing

    2015-01-01

    With the continuing growth of highway construction and vehicle use expansion all over the world, highway vehicle traffic rule violation (TRV) detection has become more and more important so as to avoid traffic accidents and injuries in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs). Since very few works have contributed to solve the TRV detection problem by moving vehicle measurements and surveillance devices, this paper develops a novel parallel ultrasonic sensor system that can be used to identify the TRV behavior of a host vehicle in real-time. Then a two-dimensional state method is proposed, utilizing the spacial state and time sequential states from the data of two parallel ultrasonic sensors to detect and count the highway vehicle violations. Finally, the theoretical TRV identification probability is analyzed, and actual experiments are conducted on different highway segments with various driving speeds, which indicates that the identification accuracy of the proposed method can reach about 90.97%. PMID:25894940

  3. An Ultrasonic Sensor System Based on a Two-Dimensional State Method for Highway Vehicle Violation Detection Applications

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available With the continuing growth of highway construction and vehicle use expansion all over the world, highway vehicle traffic rule violation (TRV detection has become more and more important so as to avoid traffic accidents and injuries in intelligent transportation systems (ITS and vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs. Since very few works have contributed to solve the TRV detection problem by moving vehicle measurements and surveillance devices, this paper develops a novel parallel ultrasonic sensor system that can be used to identify the TRV behavior of a host vehicle in real-time. Then a two-dimensional state method is proposed, utilizing the spacial state and time sequential states from the data of two parallel ultrasonic sensors to detect and count the highway vehicle violations. Finally, the theoretical TRV identification probability is analyzed, and actual experiments are conducted on different highway segments with various driving speeds, which indicates that the identification accuracy of the proposed method can reach about 90.97%.

  4. An ultrasonic sensor system based on a two-dimensional state method for highway vehicle violation detection applications.

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    Liu, Jun; Han, Jiuqiang; Lv, Hongqiang; Li, Bing

    2015-01-01

    With the continuing growth of highway construction and vehicle use expansion all over the world, highway vehicle traffic rule violation (TRV) detection has become more and more important so as to avoid traffic accidents and injuries in intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs). Since very few works have contributed to solve the TRV detection problem by moving vehicle measurements and surveillance devices, this paper develops a novel parallel ultrasonic sensor system that can be used to identify the TRV behavior of a host vehicle in real-time. Then a two-dimensional state method is proposed, utilizing the spacial state and time sequential states from the data of two parallel ultrasonic sensors to detect and count the highway vehicle violations. Finally, the theoretical TRV identification probability is analyzed, and actual experiments are conducted on different highway segments with various driving speeds, which indicates that the identification accuracy of the proposed method can reach about 90.97%. PMID:25894940

  5. Applying a nonlinear, pitch-catch, ultrasonic technique for the detection of kissing bonds in friction stir welds.

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    Delrue, Steven; Tabatabaeipour, Morteza; Hettler, Jan; Van Den Abeele, Koen

    2016-05-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a promising technology for the joining of aluminum alloys and other metallic admixtures that are hard to weld by conventional fusion welding. Although FSW generally provides better fatigue properties than traditional fusion welding methods, fatigue properties are still significantly lower than for the base material. Apart from voids, kissing bonds for instance, in the form of closed cracks propagating along the interface of the stirred and heat affected zone, are inherent features of the weld and can be considered as one of the main causes of a reduced fatigue life of FSW in comparison to the base material. The main problem with kissing bond defects in FSW, is that they currently are very difficult to detect using existing NDT methods. Besides, in most cases, the defects are not directly accessible from the exposed surface. Therefore, new techniques capable of detecting small kissing bond flaws need to be introduced. In the present paper, a novel and practical approach is introduced based on a nonlinear, single-sided, ultrasonic technique. The proposed inspection technique uses two single element transducers, with the first transducer transmitting an ultrasonic signal that focuses the ultrasonic waves at the bottom side of the sample where cracks are most likely to occur. The large amount of energy at the focus activates the kissing bond, resulting in the generation of nonlinear features in the wave propagation. These nonlinear features are then captured by the second transducer operating in pitch-catch mode, and are analyzed, using pulse inversion, to reveal the presence of a defect. The performance of the proposed nonlinear, pitch-catch technique, is first illustrated using a numerical study of an aluminum sample containing simple, vertically oriented, incipient cracks. Later, the proposed technique is also applied experimentally on a real-life friction stir welded butt joint containing a kissing bond flaw. PMID:26921559

  6. Applying a nonlinear, pitch-catch, ultrasonic technique for the detection of kissing bonds in friction stir welds.

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    Delrue, Steven; Tabatabaeipour, Morteza; Hettler, Jan; Van Den Abeele, Koen

    2016-05-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a promising technology for the joining of aluminum alloys and other metallic admixtures that are hard to weld by conventional fusion welding. Although FSW generally provides better fatigue properties than traditional fusion welding methods, fatigue properties are still significantly lower than for the base material. Apart from voids, kissing bonds for instance, in the form of closed cracks propagating along the interface of the stirred and heat affected zone, are inherent features of the weld and can be considered as one of the main causes of a reduced fatigue life of FSW in comparison to the base material. The main problem with kissing bond defects in FSW, is that they currently are very difficult to detect using existing NDT methods. Besides, in most cases, the defects are not directly accessible from the exposed surface. Therefore, new techniques capable of detecting small kissing bond flaws need to be introduced. In the present paper, a novel and practical approach is introduced based on a nonlinear, single-sided, ultrasonic technique. The proposed inspection technique uses two single element transducers, with the first transducer transmitting an ultrasonic signal that focuses the ultrasonic waves at the bottom side of the sample where cracks are most likely to occur. The large amount of energy at the focus activates the kissing bond, resulting in the generation of nonlinear features in the wave propagation. These nonlinear features are then captured by the second transducer operating in pitch-catch mode, and are analyzed, using pulse inversion, to reveal the presence of a defect. The performance of the proposed nonlinear, pitch-catch technique, is first illustrated using a numerical study of an aluminum sample containing simple, vertically oriented, incipient cracks. Later, the proposed technique is also applied experimentally on a real-life friction stir welded butt joint containing a kissing bond flaw.

  7. An angle-dependent estimation of CT x-ray spectrum from rotational transmission measurements

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    Lin, Yuan, E-mail: yuan.lin@duke.edu; Samei, Ehsan [Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27705 and Physics Department, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Ramirez-Giraldo, Juan Carlos [Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355 (United States); Gauthier, Daniel J. [Physics Department, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Stierstorfer, Karl [Siemens Healthcare, Forchheim 91301 (Germany)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: Computed tomography (CT) performance as well as dose and image quality is directly affected by the x-ray spectrum. However, the current assessment approaches of the CT x-ray spectrum require costly measurement equipment and complicated operational procedures, and are often limited to the spectrum corresponding to the center of rotation. In order to address these limitations, the authors propose an angle-dependent estimation technique, where the incident spectra across a wide range of angular trajectories can be estimated accurately with only a single phantom and a single axial scan in the absence of the knowledge of the bowtie filter. Methods: The proposed technique uses a uniform cylindrical phantom, made of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene and positioned in an off-centered geometry. The projection data acquired with an axial scan have a twofold purpose. First, they serve as a reflection of the transmission measurements across different angular trajectories. Second, they are used to reconstruct the cross sectional image of the phantom, which is then utilized to compute the intersection length of each transmission measurement. With each CT detector element recording a range of transmission measurements for a single angular trajectory, the spectrum is estimated for that trajectory. A data conditioning procedure is used to combine information from hundreds of collected transmission measurements to accelerate the estimation speed, to reduce noise, and to improve estimation stability. The proposed spectral estimation technique was validated experimentally using a clinical scanner (Somatom Definition Flash, Siemens Healthcare, Germany) with spectra provided by the manufacturer serving as the comparison standard. Results obtained with the proposed technique were compared against those obtained from a second conventional transmission measurement technique with two materials (i.e., Cu and Al). After validation, the proposed technique was applied to measure

  8. Detection of anomalies in NLO sulphamic acid single crystals by ultrasonic and thermal studies

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    GEORGE VARUGHESE

    2016-09-01

    The ultrasonic pulse echo overlap technique (PEO) has been used to measure the velocities of 10 MHz acoustic waves in sulphamic acid single crystals in the range of 300–400 K. This study evaluated all the elastic stiffnessconstants, compliance constants and Poisson’s ratios of the crystal. The temperature variations of the elastic constants have been determined. The phase transition studies above room temperature were investigated using ultrasonic PEO technique. This study has suggested new weak elastic anomalies for the crystal around 330 K. The transverse elastic constants C44 and C66 have shown clear thermal hysteresis of 2 K. The present differential scanningcalorimetric (DSC) studies carried out at a slow heating rate have also suggested weak phase transition around 331 K. The present elastic and thermal studies have been substantiated by already reported DC electrical conductivitystudies around 330 K.

  9. Laser ultrasonics detection of an embedded crack in a composite spherical particle.

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    Amziane, Ahmed; Amari, Mohamed; Mounier, Denis; Breteau, Jean-Marc; Joly, Nicolas; Banchet, Julien; Tisseur, David; Gusev, Vitalyi

    2012-01-01

    Laser ultrasonics was applied to the manufacturing control of the integrity (no failure) of coated spherical particles designed for High Temperature Reactors (HTR). This control is of major importance, since the coating of the nuclear fuel kernel is designed to prevent from the diffusion of fission products outside the particle during reactor operation. The SiC layer composing the coating is particularly important, since this layer must be an impenetrable barrier for fission products. The integrity of the SiC shell (no crack within the shell) can be assessed by the ultrasonic vibration spectrum of the HTR particle, which is significantly changed, compared to the reference spectrum of a defect-free particle. Spheroidal vibration modes of defect-free dummy particles with a zirconium dioxide (ZrO(2)) core were observed in the 2-5MHz range. A theoretical analysis is presented to account for the observed vibration spectra of defect-free or cracked HTR particles.

  10. A phase deviation based split-spectrum processing algorithm for ultrasonic flaw detection

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    LIU Zhenqing

    2002-01-01

    The Split Spectrum Processing (SSP) technique has proved its ability in reduction of interference noise in ultrasonic nondestructive testing for coarse grained materials. However,the results of SSP algorithms are not sufficiently stable since they are sensitive to the filter bank and filter parameters. And the mechanism of the technique to fully explore the signals is not clear. The statistical phase response characteristic of filter outputs for ultrasonic testing is discussed. Thus, a new SSP algorithm based on phase standard deviation is proposed. The performance is examined for both computer simulated and experimental data, and compared to commonly used minimum algorithm. The phase standard deviation algorithm is proved its superior effect and is less sensitive on the number of filters.

  11. A Pattern Recognition Approach for Damage Detection and Temperature Compensation in Acousto-Ultrasonics

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    Torres Arredondo, Miguel Angel; Sierra-Pérez, Julián; Zenuni, Erion; Cabanes, Guénaël; Rodellar, José; Güemes, Alfredo; Fritzen, Claus-Peter

    2014-01-01

    International audience The global trends in the construction of modern structures require the integration of sensors together with data recording and analysis modules so that their integrity can be continuously monitored for safe-life, economic and ecological reasons. This process of measuring and analysing the data from a distributed sensor network all over a structural system in order to quantify its condition is known as structural health monitoring (SHM). Guided ultrasonic wave-based t...

  12. An optimal baseline selection methodology for data-driven damage detection and temperature compensation in acousto-ultrasonics

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    Torres-Arredondo, M.-A.; Sierra-Pérez, Julián; Cabanes, Guénaël

    2016-05-01

    The process of measuring and analysing the data from a distributed sensor network all over a structural system in order to quantify its condition is known as structural health monitoring (SHM). For the design of a trustworthy health monitoring system, a vast amount of information regarding the inherent physical characteristics of the sources and their propagation and interaction across the structure is crucial. Moreover, any SHM system which is expected to transition to field operation must take into account the influence of environmental and operational changes which cause modifications in the stiffness and damping of the structure and consequently modify its dynamic behaviour. On that account, special attention is paid in this paper to the development of an efficient SHM methodology where robust signal processing and pattern recognition techniques are integrated for the correct interpretation of complex ultrasonic waves within the context of damage detection and identification. The methodology is based on an acousto-ultrasonics technique where the discrete wavelet transform is evaluated for feature extraction and selection, linear principal component analysis for data-driven modelling and self-organising maps for a two-level clustering under the principle of local density. At the end, the methodology is experimentally demonstrated and results show that all the damages were detectable and identifiable.

  13. Angle dependence of the frequency correlation in random photonic media: Diffusive regime and its breakdown near localization

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    Muskens, O.L.; Beek, van der T.; Lagendijk, A.

    2011-01-01

    The frequency correlations of light in complex photonic media are of interest as a tool for characterizing the dynamical aspects of light diffusion. We demonstrate here that the frequency correlation shows a pronounced angle dependence both in transmission and in reflection geometries. Using a broad

  14. 产前超声检测胎儿胸腺%Prenatal ultrasonic detecting and evaluating for fetal thymus

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    凌乐文

    2012-01-01

    Detecting and evaluating for fetal thymus with prenatal ultrasound is very important for diagnosis of dysplastic thymus and relative malformations or diseases. The development and application of new technology helps to the assessment of development of the fetal thymus. Ultrasonic technologies of detecting and evaluating for fetal thymus were reviewed in the article.%产前超声检测胎儿胸腺对诊断胎儿胸腺发育异常及相关畸形或疾病有重要作用,新技术的发展和应用可更全面地评估胎儿胸腺的发育.本文对胎儿胸腺超声检测技术及临床应用进行综述.

  15. A STRUCTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF FLAWS DETECTED DURING ULTRASONIC EXAMINATION OF TANK 15

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    Wiersma, B; James Elder, J

    2008-08-21

    Ultrasonic (UT) inspection of Tank 15 was conducted between April and July 2007 in accordance with the Tank 15 UT inspection plan. This was a planned re-inspection of this tank, the previous one was performed in 2002. Ten cracks were characterized in the previous examination. The re-inspection was performed to verify the present models and understanding for stress corrosion cracking. During this re-examination, one indication that was initially reported as a 'possible perpendicular crack <25% through wall' in 2002, was clearly shown not to be a crack. Additionally, examination of a new area immediately adjacent to other cracks along a vertical weld revealed three new cracks. It is not known when these new cracks formed as they could very well have been present in 2002 as well. Therefore, a total of twelve cracks were evaluated during the re-examination. A critical review of the information describing stress corrosion crack behavior for the SRS waste tanks, as well as a summary review of the service history of Tank 15, was performed. Each crack was then evaluated for service exposure history, consistency of the crack behavior with the current understanding of stress corrosion cracking, and present and future impact to the structural integrity of the tank. Crack instability calculations were performed on each crack for a bounding waste removal loading condition in Tank 15. In all cases, the crack behavior was determined to be consistent with the previous understanding of stress corrosion cracking in the SRS waste tank environment. The length of the cracks was limited due to the short-range nature of the residual stresses near seam, repair and attachment welds. Of the twelve cracks, nine were located in the vapor space above the sludge layer, including the three new cracks. Comparison of the crack lengths measured in 2002 and 2007 revealed that crack growth had occurred in four of the six previously measured vapor space cracks. However, the growth remained

  16. Assessment of Crack Detection in Heavy-Walled Cast Stainless Steel Piping Welds Using Advanced Low-Frequency Ultrasonic Methods

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    Anderson, Michael T.; Crawford, Susan L.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Denslow, Kayte M.; Diaz, Aaron A.; Doctor, Steven R.

    2007-03-01

    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel approaches to nondestructive examination (NDE) for inspecting coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the effectiveness and reliability of advanced NDE methods as related to the inservice inspection of safety-related components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This report provides progress, recent developments, and results from an assessment of low frequency ultrasonic testing (UT) for detection of inside surface-breaking cracks in cast stainless steel reactor piping weldments as applied from the outside surface of the components. Vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were examined to assess the capability of low-frequency UT to adequately penetrate challenging microstructures and determine acoustic propagation limitations or conditions that may interfere with reliable flaw detection. In addition, welded specimens containing mechanical and thermal fatigue cracks were examined. The specimens were fabricated using vintage centrifugally cast and statically cast stainless steel materials, which are typical of configurations installed in PWR primary coolant circuits. Ultrasonic studies on the vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were conducted with a 400-kHz synthetic aperture focusing technique and phased array technology applied at 500 kHz, 750 kHz, and 1.0 MHz. Flaw detection and characterization on the welded specimens was performed with the phased array method operating at the frequencies stated above. This report documents the methodologies used and provides results from laboratory studies to assess baseline material noise, crack detection, and length-sizing capability for low-frequency UT in cast stainless steel piping.

  17. An interferometer experiment to explore the aspect angle dependence of stimulated electromagnetic emission spectra

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    2005-01-01

    view of the not yet understood but complex relationship between electrostatic fluctuations and SEE, it is of interest to investigate experimentally whether a similar angular structure is present in the various spectral features of the SEE signals and to compare the results with radar and other observations of RF-pump-induced effects. To this end we describe a simple two-element radio interferometer designed to search for aspect angle dependence of SEE features. We present an example of the initial data produced by this system, and draw preliminary conclusions based on the example data.

  18. 火力发电厂厚壁管超声波检测方案%A thick walled tube ultrasonic detection scheme in thermal power plant

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    胡戊希

    2011-01-01

    目前火力发电厂机组容量大,管道多采用厚壁管,对厚壁管的对接焊缝进行超声波检测时,为了提高侧壁未熔合缺陷的检测率,提出采用适当的超声波探头,特别是正确的探头角度,制订出超声波的检测方案。%Now units are with high capacity in the thermal power plant, and pipeline uses thick walled tube. For thick wal/ed tube on ultrasonic testing, in order to improve fault detection rate of high lateral incomplete fusion defect,it puts forward adopting proper ultrasonic probe, especially correct probe angle, to formulate ultrasonic detection scheme.

  19. Development of ultrasonic techniques for the detection and measurement of intergranular attack in PWR steam generator tubes

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    An ultrasonic technique has been developed for detecting and estimating the depth of intergranular attack (IGA) layers in PWR steam generator tubing. The debonding of the grains due to corrosion produces a reduction in ultrasonic velocity, making the transit time across the tube wall longer in corroded than in uncorroded material. A digital method of measuring the change in transit time to a precision of about 2 nsec has been developed and ways of compensating for typical dimensional imperfects in the tubes worked out. The application of the method within the transition zone at the end of the hydraulic expansion is being investigated. The method has been tested on about forty samples, produced from sensitized tubing, mainly in sulphur-bearing environments, comparing change in transit time with the attack depth found by sectioning. The samples as a whole show a wide range of behavior, although the majority fall into a sufficiently well defined group to form a basis for prediction of attack depth from change in transit time. A phenomenological model which describes some features of the data is presented and its relation to recent theoretical predictions and to structural information about the samples is discussed

  20. The effects of compressive stress and contamination liquids on the ultrasonic detection of fatigue cracks

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    The influence of compressive stress on the reflection and transmission of ultrasound has been investigated for fatigue cracks. An examination has been made of the shear wave corner echoes from surface breaking fatigue cracks which were grown at constant stress intensity factor to control the roughness of the faces. In this way a correlation has been established between the roughness of the surfaces and the ultrasonic response at both zero load and under stress. The effect of liquids in the cracks has also been studied and the results compared with theoretical predictions for a thin sided parallel gap. (author)

  1. Experience on crack detection of tube bundles in the tube sheet area by means of ultrasonics

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    Nucon Inspection and Plant Services has applied the Nerason Ultrasonic Measurement System to more than eight different Nuclear Power Plants in the last three years. In this period some steam generators have been measured more than once to enable the trend to be analysed. The bore side measurements were carried out on straight tubes from 10 mm, and on curved tubes from 15 mm inner diameter. Minimum radius bend was 80 mm for 20 mm diameter tubes. The Nerason system is a versatile system which by changing the reflecting mirror can be simply adapted for the measurement of wall thickness, sleeve welds, profilometry, longitudinal and circumferential cracks. (author)

  2. Ultrasonic detection of embedded and surface defects in thin plates using Lamb waves

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    Conry, M. J.; Crane, L. J.; Gilchrist, Michael

    2003-03-01

    Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E) is critical in the safety assurance of modern engineering structures, particularly when using high performance materials. Frequently, such materials are subject to mechanisms of damage uncommon in conventional structures. Additionally, many high performance alloys such as advanced aerospace aluminiums are more susceptible to fatigue failure than more traditional metals. In all such cases, it is essential to have good knowledge of the defects present in a component in order to assess its soundness. One of the most common and verstaile techniques used in NDT&E is ultrasonic testing, where the integrity of a component is characterized using acoustic waves.

  3. Assessment of aircraft structural integrity by detecting disbonds through ultrasonic scanning

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    Abedin, M. N.; Prabhu, D. R.; Winfree, W. P.

    1992-01-01

    A study of nondestructive evaluation of aircraft bonded joints using the contact scanning technique is presented. Reflected signals acquired through the contacting transducer characterize the test region as being bonded or disbonded. Ultrasonic signals are attenuated more rapidly in the bonded regions when compared to disbonded regions. A peak amplitude based method and an artificial neural network are used to classify the signals. Results obtained using an artificial neural network exhibited significant insensitivity to signal variation when compared to the peak amplitude. Very good agreement is observed between results obtained using the present technique and those obtained using immersion scanning.

  4. Applications of Flexible Ultrasonic Transducer Array for Defect Detection at 150 °C

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    Jiunn-Woei Liaw; Jing-Chi Tzeng; Chun-Hsiung Chiu; Jeanne-Louise Shih; Kuo-Ting Wu; Cheng-Kuei Jen

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the feasibility of using a one dimensional 16-element flexible ultrasonic transducer (FUT) array for nondestructive testing at 150 °C is demonstrated. The FUT arrays were made by a sol-gel sprayed piezoelectric film technology; a PZT composite film was sprayed on a titanium foil of 75 µm thickness. Since the FUT array is flexible, it was attached to a steel pipe with an outer diameter of 89 mm and a wall thickness of 6.5 mm at 150 °C. Using the ultras...

  5. Automated ultrasonic inspection for crack detection at F-111 lower wing skin fastener holes

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    The failure of an F-l I I wing during a full-scale fatigue test had important implications for the structural integrity management of the RAAF F- I I I fleet. This failure was due to a fatigue crack which initiated in the bore of a fastener hole. To assure structural integrity, an automated ultrasonic inspection has been developed which will be applied to up to 1200 fastener holes in each wing. The holes are inspected from the lower surface and definitive assessments of wing serviceability must be made without removing fasteners. The inspection system uses focussed immersion probes to perform a 45-degree angle-beam shear wave inspection, utilising full-waveform capture and post-processing. This style of complex, computer-based inspection system is new to the Australian Defence Organisation and challenged many existing engineering processes for performing NDT and interpreting the results. This paper reviews the application of automated ultrasonic inspection for the F- l I I lower wing skin and outlines some of the significant challenges for both the science behind the inspection and the associated engineering processes. The lessons learnt will aid the successful integration of new technologies into existing NDT practices in the future

  6. Application of subband adaptive filtering techniques to ultrasonic detection in multilayers

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    MAO Jie; LI Mingxuan

    2003-01-01

    The ultrasonic testing for the defects of complete disbond in multi-layered structure with lower acoustic impedance beneath a high acoustic impedance overburden is one of the difficult problems in ultrasonic nondestructive testing field. A model of a multi-layered steel-rubber composite plate is depicted. Because the acoustic impedance of the steel differs far from that of the couplant water and the rubber, the energy of the signal reflected from the debonded rubber layers is very weak. More over, the flaw echoes are masked by the strong echoes reverberated in the steel plate. It's nearly impossible to identify the debonding echoes directly. The subband adaptive filtering method is discussed in the paper, where the subband decomposition is performed by mutual wavelet packets decomposition on the criterion of maximizing the cross-correlation between the signals. The simulations on both synthetic and real signals are presented. The echoes from the delaminated flaw at the depth of 5 mm in the rubber from the calculated signal, and echoes from the flaw at the depth of 3 mm from the real signal are extracted successfully.

  7. Random forest learning of ultrasonic statistical physics and object spaces for lesion detection in 2D sonomammography

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    Sheet, Debdoot; Karamalis, Athanasios; Kraft, Silvan; Noël, Peter B.; Vag, Tibor; Sadhu, Anup; Katouzian, Amin; Navab, Nassir; Chatterjee, Jyotirmoy; Ray, Ajoy K.

    2013-03-01

    Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Early diagnosis can significantly improve lifeexpectancy and allow different treatment options. Clinicians favor 2D ultrasonography for breast tissue abnormality screening due to high sensitivity and specificity compared to competing technologies. However, inter- and intra-observer variability in visual assessment and reporting of lesions often handicaps its performance. Existing Computer Assisted Diagnosis (CAD) systems though being able to detect solid lesions are often restricted in performance. These restrictions are inability to (1) detect lesion of multiple sizes and shapes, and (2) differentiate between hypo-echoic lesions from their posterior acoustic shadowing. In this work we present a completely automatic system for detection and segmentation of breast lesions in 2D ultrasound images. We employ random forests for learning of tissue specific primal to discriminate breast lesions from surrounding normal tissues. This enables it to detect lesions of multiple shapes and sizes, as well as discriminate between hypo-echoic lesion from associated posterior acoustic shadowing. The primal comprises of (i) multiscale estimated ultrasonic statistical physics and (ii) scale-space characteristics. The random forest learns lesion vs. background primal from a database of 2D ultrasound images with labeled lesions. For segmentation, the posterior probabilities of lesion pixels estimated by the learnt random forest are hard thresholded to provide a random walks segmentation stage with starting seeds. Our method achieves detection with 99.19% accuracy and segmentation with mean contour-to-contour error lesions.

  8. 超声波多普勒流量检测系统电路设计%Design of Ultrasonic Doppler Flow Detection System Circuit

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    兰羽; 屈改平

    2013-01-01

    At present, most of the flow meter in the industry still use the zero-crossing detection method,it has larger error. Ultrasonic Doppler flowmeter possess high resolution, relatively high precision, free from external factors. On the basis of the analysis of ultrasonic Doppler flow detection system principle, the ultrasonic flow detection is designed. The ultrasonic tronsmittet circuit is designed by using 555 timer, the receiver circuit and the frequency signal detection circuit is designed by OPA27 chip. Experimental results show that the systematic errors are less than 3%, to meet the design requirements.%目前,在工业上大部分流量计仍采用过零检测法,误差较大.超声波多普勒流量计具有分辨率高、精度相对较高、不受外界因素影响等优点.在分析超声波多普勒流量计原理的基础上,设计了超声波流量检测系统,采用了555定时器设计了超声波发射电路、OPA27芯片设计了接收电路,及差频信号检测电路.经实验表明系统误差小于3%,满足设计要求.

  9. Polarization-angle dependence of photoluminescence intensity of ordered GaInP{sub 2} layers: observation of polarization memory

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    Prutskij, T.; Brito-Orta, R. [Instituto de Ciencias, BUAP, Puebla (Mexico); Pelosi, C. [IMEM/CNR, Parma (Italy)

    2008-09-15

    We compare measured and calculated polarization-angle dependencies of the intensity of the photoluminescence emission from MOVPE-grown GaInP{sub 2} layers with different ordering parameters. We measured the polarization-angle dependencies of the emission propagating along the [001],[110] and [1 anti 10] directions at room temperature. Symmetry considerations were used to calculate the dependence of the relative intensity of the PL emission which was linearly polarized along different directions and to estimate the value of the valence-band splitting by fitting the measured dependencies with calculated curves. An intriguing influence of the polarization of the exciting beam on the relative amount of the polarized PL emission was observed in the emission from the (110) plane. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Characterization of Angle Dependent Color Travel of Printed Multi-Color Effect Pigment on Different Color Substrates

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    Mirica Karlovits

    2014-01-01

    Color-travel pigments, which exhibit much more extensive color change as well provide angle-dependent optical effect can be used in many industrial products. In present paper the multi-color effect pigment printed on three different foils with different background color (black, silver and transparent) was investigated. The pigment was based on synthetically produced transparent silicon dioxide platelets coated with titanium dioxide. CIEL*a*b* values and reflection of prints were measured by m...

  11. Sensibility of hydrous ethanol adulteration detection using ultrasonic parameters validated in a metrological base

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    The aim of this study is to identify possible changes in fuels, in this case hydrous ethanol, through ultrasonic parameters such as attenuation and propagation speed. The system setup and method were implemented at Inmetro's Laboratory of Ultrasound. Experiments and method uncertainties were assessed accordingly to ISO/IEC Guide 98 1:2009 (Uncertainty of measurement - Part 1: Introduction to the expression of uncertainty in measurement). Mixtures of ethanol and water varying from 90% to 94% of alcohol in mass were used as testing samples. Attenuation and propagation speed were accurately measured and uncertainties evaluated. The accordingly to Brazilian biofuel regulations, the concentration of water in hydrous ethanol can be accepted at a maximum concentration of 93.8 and minimum of 92.6 of alcohol in mass. To achieve that figure, a functional combination of tested parameters should be implemented. Those results could be used as a tool to identify adulteration of biofuel, even in analysis performed on site.

  12. Sensibility of hydrous ethanol adulteration detection using ultrasonic parameters validated in a metrological base

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    K-K Figueiredo, Monique; Costa-Felix, Rodrigo P. B.; Maggi, Luis E.; Alvarenga, André V.; Romeiro, Gilberto A.

    2011-02-01

    The aim of this study is to identify possible changes in fuels, in this case hydrous ethanol, through ultrasonic parameters such as attenuation and propagation speed. The system setup and method were implemented at Inmetro's Laboratory of Ultrasound. Experiments and method uncertainties were assessed accordingly to ISO/IEC Guide 98 1:2009 (Uncertainty of measurement - Part 1: Introduction to the expression of uncertainty in measurement). Mixtures of ethanol and water varying from 90% to 94% of alcohol in mass were used as testing samples. Attenuation and propagation speed were accurately measured and uncertainties evaluated. The accordingly to Brazilian biofuel regulations, the concentration of water in hydrous ethanol can be accepted at a maximum concentration of 93.8 and minimum of 92.6 of alcohol in mass. To achieve that figure, a functional combination of tested parameters should be implemented. Those results could be used as a tool to identify adulteration of biofuel, even in analysis performed on site.

  13. Development and Evaluation of Real-time Acoustic Detection System of Harmful Red-tide Using Ultrasonic Sound

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    Donhyug Kang

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The toxic, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs caused by the Cochlodinium polykrikoides have a serious impact on the coastal waters of Korea. In this study, the acoustic detection system was developed for rapid HABs detection, based on the acoustic backscattering properties of the C. polykrikoides. The developed system was mainly composed of a pulser-receiver board, a signal processor board, a control board, a network board, a power board, ultrasonic sensors (3.5 and 5.0 MHz, an environmental sensor, GPS, and a land-based control unit. To evaluate the performance of the system, a trail was done at a laboratory, and two in situ trials were conducted: (1 when there was no red tide, and (2 when there was red tide. In the laboratory evaluation, the system performed well in accordance with the number of C. polykrikoides in the received level. Second, under the condition when there was no red tide in the field, there was a good correlation between the acoustic data and sampling data. Finally, under the condition when there was red tide in the field, the system successfully worked at various densities in accordance with the number of C. polykrikoides, and the results corresponded with the sampling data and monitoring result of NFRDI (National Fisheries Research & Development Institute. From the laboratory and field evaluations, the developed acoustic detection system for early detecting HABs has demonstrated that it could be a significant system to monitor the occurrence of HABs in coastal regions.

  14. Development on ultrasonic testing technique for weldment of small diameter pipe branch. A case of trouble at a nuclear power station and development of ultrasonic testing technique (V-detection method)

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    The weldment between a mother tube and a nozzle stub of small diameter pipings at a nuclear power station (austenitic stainless steel) has conventionally been inspected by the liquid penetrant testing (PT). However, on December, 1998, a leak trouble caused by inner flaw at welded portion formed, and then to confirm soundness of the weldment, necessity of not surface inspection (containing PT, and so on) but volume inspection was required. For the volume inspection, there were considered on radiographic testing (RT) and ultrasonic testing (UT). However, RT has a limitation such as detection of radiation in site and so on, so application of UT has been desired. To solve a problem with conventional method, a flaw detection arrangement to input ultrasonic wave directly to a flaw was considered. Because of V-letter arrangement of a detection feeler for transmission and receiving to a branch pipe, this method is called V-detection method. As a result of an experiment on nozzle stub weldment at an actual machine by using this method, it was found that all of flaws in the nozzle stub detected by RT could also be detected by using UT. (G.K.)

  15. A breakthrough in ultrasonic detection and sizing of partially closed cracks?

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    Sandlin, S. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland))

    2010-05-15

    Ultrasonic testing is one of the most efficient methods available for finding and sizing of cracks in structural components such as for example nuclear reactor circuits. However, some fatigue or stress corrosion cracks (SCC) may be closed or partially closed due to the presence of residual stresses pressing the crack surfaces against each other. In these cases the ultrasound may pass through the closed crack almost without any reflection or scattering. Water or oxide in the crack may also influence the transparency of the crack. This means that the crack may be invisible to ultrasound and, hence, the crack may not be found at all or its size may be seriously underestimated. This may lead to catastrophic failure of the component. Tohoku University in Japan has developed a method in which cracks are monitored both at the insonifying frequency f and at the subharmonic frequency f/2 using a phased array for focused reception of ultrasound and a LiNbO{sub 3} single-crystal transmitter for generation of intense ultrasound. The subharmonic ultrasound is generated only at the closed parts of the crack. The method therefore combines normal phased array testing with phased array testing at subharmonic frequency. A commercial version of the equipment for research is under development by a Japanese company. This imaging method is called subharmonic phased array for crack evaluation (SPACE). Different nonlinear ultrasonic methods for evaluation of closed cracks have been proposed for decades (based on superharmonics), however, SPACE seems to include several new innovative ideas and it seems to have the best potential for becoming a standard method for inspection of nuclear reactor circuits for closed cracks. Subharmonics have a better signal to noise ratio than superharmonics because subharmonics are generated only at closed cracks while superharmonics are generated also in transducers, liquid couplers and electronics. We therefore mainly restrict ourselves to the description

  16. Study of a method for the defect detection by ultrasonic's technic: Prony's method, theory and practice

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    The goal of PRONY's method is to identify a sampling of N signal's values with a finite linear development of p complex exponentials. This work has been done to use this method for the identification of a signal obtained by ''insonification'' (i.e. by interacting with an ultrasonic impulsion) of a target. The identified complex exponentials give the constitutive amplitudes, dampings, frequencies and phases of the signal, these values characterize geometry and size of unknown targets. Mathematics involve that the solution of 3D-elastodynamic equations is given asymptotically in time by an infinite summation of complex exponentials. The signal obtained by ''insonification'' is characteristic of this solution: it means that PRONY's method can be well suited for this identification. For that it was necessary to understand this method in all its aspects. Consequently in paragraph 1 we expose its principle and algorithm. We prove, it is one of its advantage, that PRONY's is an interpolation method if N = 2p. If N > 2p the method is working like a least square method. We study, at the paragraph 2, how the two essentials parameters N and p of the method interact one with the other. The influence of the noise is observed, knowing that a complete study of it will need some developments out of this presentation. And then we approach, in the paragraph 3, the practice of the method, in order to verify its quality for identified tests problems. Successively we analyze a damping signal, an electric signal with damping, a pure periodic signal. The behaviour of PRONY's is excellent with a few precautions that we specify. Finally we are interested with a ''realistic'' seismic signal. The ultrasonic wave iteration with defect is then observed in paragraph 4. Physical and experimental device are briefly described. The identification's problem of a target, in practice the identification of a defect, is still widely opened if we use PRONY. Is it necessary to give up. Certainly not, the

  17. Sensibility of hydrous ethanol adulteration detection using ultrasonic parameters validated in a metrological base

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    Figueiredo, Monique K-K; Costa-Felix, Rodrigo P B; Maggi, Luis E; Alvarenga, Andre V [Laboratory of Ultrasound (LABUS), Directory of Scientific and Industrial Metrology (DIMCI), National Institute of Metrology, Standardization, and Industrial Quality - Inmetro, Av. Nossa Sra das Gracas, 50 Predio 1, Duque de Caxias, RJ, ZIP 25250-020 (Brazil); Romeiro, Gilberto A, E-mail: mkfigueiredo@inmetro.gov.br, E-mail: rpfelix@inmetro.gov.br, E-mail: lemaggi@inmetro.gov.br, E-mail: avalvarenga@inmetro.gov.br, E-mail: gilbertoromeiro@ig.com.br [Depto of Organic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Campus of Valonguinho, Outeiro de Sao Joao Batista, s/n, Niteroi, RJ, ZIP 24020150 (Brazil)

    2011-02-01

    The aim of this study is to identify possible changes in fuels, in this case hydrous ethanol, through ultrasonic parameters such as attenuation and propagation speed. The system setup and method were implemented at Inmetro's Laboratory of Ultrasound. Experiments and method uncertainties were assessed accordingly to ISO/IEC Guide 98 1:2009 (Uncertainty of measurement - Part 1: Introduction to the expression of uncertainty in measurement). Mixtures of ethanol and water varying from 90% to 94% of alcohol in mass were used as testing samples. Attenuation and propagation speed were accurately measured and uncertainties evaluated. The accordingly to Brazilian biofuel regulations, the concentration of water in hydrous ethanol can be accepted at a maximum concentration of 93.8 and minimum of 92.6 of alcohol in mass. To achieve that figure, a functional combination of tested parameters should be implemented. Those results could be used as a tool to identify adulteration of biofuel, even in analysis performed on site.

  18. A rare diagnosis: testicular dysgenesis with carcinoma in situ detected in a patient with ultrasonic microlithiasis

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    Christina E. Hoei-Hansen; Peter Sommer; Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts; Niels E. Skakkebaek

    2005-01-01

    A rare case is presented where a dysgenetic testis with microinvasive carcinoma in situ (CIS, also known as intratubular germ cell neoplasm of unclassified type [IGCNU] and testicular intraepithelial neoplasia [TIN]) with microinvasion to fete testis and the interstitial tissue was found in a 32-year-old man presenting with mild scrotal pain and ultrasonic testicular microlithiasis. Knowledge of the association of ultrasound and CIS is important to diagnose patients at the stage prior to development of an overt germ cell tumor. The patient had three of four disorders considered symptoms of the testicular dysgenesis syndrome (TDS): a dysgenetic left testicle with CIS, a mild left-sided cryptorchidism (high positioned scrotal hypotrophic testis) and a slightly reduced semen quality. Therefore, it should be kept in mind that a patient with one TDS symptom may harbour the other, even CIS or testicular cancer. Accordingly, patients with one TDS symptom ought to be examined for the presence of the others, and if more that one is present, extra concern is warranted.

  19. Flash Flood Detection in Urban Cities Using Ultrasonic and Infrared Sensors

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    Moussa, Moustafa

    2016-07-19

    Floods are the most common type of natural disaster. Often leading to loss of lives and properties in the thousands yearly. Among these events, urban flash floods are particularly deadly because of the short timescales on which they occur, and because of the population density of cities. Since most flood casualties are caused by a lack of information on the impending flood (type, location, severity), sensing these events is critical to generate accurate and detailed warnings and short term forecasts. However, no dedicated flash flood sensing systems, that could monitor the propagation of flash floods, in real time, currently exist in cities. In the present paper, firstly a new sensing device that can simultaneously monitor urban flash floods and traffic congestion has been presented. This sensing device is based on the combination of ultrasonic range-finding with remote temperature sensing, and can sense both phenomena with a high degree of accuracy, using a combination of L1-regularized reconstruction and artificial neural networks to process measurement data. Secondly, corresponding algorithms have been implemented on a low-power wireless sensor platform, and their performance in water level estimation in a 6 months test involving four different sensors is illustrated. The results demonstrate that urban water levels can be reliably estimated with error less than 2 cm, and that the preprocessing and machine learning schemes can run in real-time on currently available wireless sensor platforms.

  20. Ultrasonic Detection for the Crack of Desuperheater Nozzle%减温器管孔裂纹的超声检测

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    赵建忠; 苏波; 张永军

    2014-01-01

    分析了电站锅炉喷水减温器喷水管孔裂纹的超声检测方法,通过综合运用超声爬波与超声相控阵检测,能提高裂纹的检出率及定量精度,为缺陷监督运行或处理提供依据。%The ultrasonic detection method for the crack of water-jet nozzle of boiler desuperheater was analysed. By both adopting the detecting methods of ultrasonic creeping and phased array,the detecting rate and measurement accuracy can be increased,which provides basis for defects supervision and defects treatment.

  1. Ultrasonic testing

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    Song, Sung Jin [Sungkwunkwan Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Hyun Jo [Wonkwang Univ., Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-02-15

    For the proper performance of ultrasonic testing of steel welded joints, and anisotropic material it is necessary to have sound understanding on the underlying physics. To provide such an understanding, it is beneficial to have simulation tools for ultrasonic testing. In order to address such a need, we develop effective approaches to simulate angle beam ultrasonic testing with a personal computer. The simulation is performed using ultrasonic measurement models based on the computationally efficient multi-Gaussian beams. This reach will describe the developed ultrasonic testing models together with the experimental verification of their accuracy.

  2. Improved ultrasonic detection of fatigue cracks in Ti-6A1-4V by thermo-optical modulation

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    Pulsed infrared laser irradiation was used to positively identify small fatigue cracks on the surface of fatigue damaged Ti-6Al-4V specimens. The resulting transient thermoelastic deformation perceptibly changes the opening of partially closed surface cracks without affecting other scatterers, such as surface grooves, corrosion pits, coarse grains, etc., that might hide the fatigue crack from ultrasonic detection. We found that this method, which was previously shown to be very effective in 2024 aluminum alloy, must be modified in order to successfully adapt it to Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy, where significant thermo-optical modulation was found even from straight corners or open notches. This spurious modulation is caused by direct thermal modulation of the sound velocity in the intact material rather than thermal stresses via crack closure. Different methods have been developed to distinguished direct thermal modulation from crack-closure modulation due to thermoelastic stresses. It was found that the modified thermo-optical modulation method can increase the detectability of hidden fatigue cracks in Ti-6Al-4V specimens by approximately one order of magnitude. - This effort was sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), under Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant number F49620-96-1-0442

  3. Angle-dependent hard X-ray photoemission study of Nb hydride formation in high-pressure supercritical water

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    Soda, Kazuo, E-mail: j45880a@cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp [Department of Quantum Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Kondo, Hiroki; Yamaguchi, Kanta; Kato, Masahiko [Department of Quantum Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Shiraki, Tatsuhito; Niwa, Ken; Kusaba, Keiji; Hasegawa, Masashi [Department of Crystalline Materials Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Xeniya, Kozina; Ikenaga, Eiji [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, 1-1-1, Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Nb hydrides in 10-GPa supercritical water are studied by photoelectron spectroscopy. • The hydride components of the Nb 3d core-level spectra are increased with the depth. • The bulk valence-band spectrum shows a split band due to the Nb–H bond formation. • The hydrides are formed in the bulk and their surfaces are covered with Nb oxides. - Abstract: Nb hydrides formation in 10-GPa supercritical water has been investigated by angle-dependent micro-beam hard X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. In the Nb 3d core-level spectra, Nb hydride components are found in the slightly high binding energy side of the metallic components, and the oxide ones are observed even though little oxides are recognized in X-ray diffraction patterns. Obtained emission-angle dependence of the Nb 3d core-level spectra of Nb hydride specimens shows that the Nb hydride components increase with the emission angle decreased i.e. the sampling depth increased, while the oxide ones decrease. The bulk valence-band spectrum is obtained by decomposing the measured valence-band spectra into a bulk and surface components with use of the emission-angle dependence of the core-level and valence-band spectra; it consists of two bands. This implies the Nb–H chemical bond formation and Nb in an oxidation state, consistent with reported band structure calculations and the observed core-level chemical shifts. Thus it is confirmed by valence-band and core-level photoelectron spectroscopy that the Nb hydrides are formed inside the specimen, irrespective to the well-known high oxidation ability of supercritical water.

  4. Efficiency enhancement and angle-dependent color change in see-through organic photovoltaics using distributed Bragg reflectors

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    Dong, Wan Jae; Lo, Nhat-Truong; Jung, Gwan Ho; Ham, Juyoung; Lee, Jong-Lam

    2016-03-01

    A distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) is conducted as a bottom reflector in see-through organic photovoltaics (OPVs) with an active layer of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM). The DBR consists of alternative layers of the high- and low-refractive index materials of Ta2O5 (n = 2.16) and SiO2 (n = 1.46). The DBR selectively reflects the light within a specific wavelength region (490 nm-630 nm) where the absorbance of P3HT:PCBM is maximum. The see-through OPVs fabricated on DBR exhibit efficiency enhancement by 31% compared to the device without DBR. Additionally, the angle-dependent transmittance of DBR is analysed using optical simulation and verified by experimental results. As the incident angle of light increases, peak of reflectance shifts to shorter wavelength and the bandwidth gets narrower. This unique angle-dependent optical properties of DBR allows the facile color change of see-through OPVs.

  5. Research on model testing of a new ultrasonic multi-wave detecting method

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    2006-01-01

    @@ The traditional crack exploring method with echo (reflected wave) in metals is called the "single-wave detecting method" that uses a probe of single weight. This method is not able to detect directly the size and shape of the crack and the result can only be obtained by relative comparison, that is to compare the echo amplitudes of the unknown quantity (crack) with the known quantity (regular artificial crack) to determine the equivalent size and shape of a certain crack. In this way, the site of a crack can be basically determined, but it is not the size, scale and site of the actual crack. So the traditional method is incapable to satisfy the demands in real applications, and there was not any big improvement in the past several decades. Therefore, we introduce a new method called the "multi-wave detecting method" in the paper, which is capable to detect directly the size, scale and site of a crack.

  6. Non-velocity Based Analysis of Passive Ultrasonic Signal for Source Location Detection in Composite Plates: A Pilot Study

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    Acoustic Emission (AE) evaluation is one of the fast growing non-destructive techniques, owing to its ability to reveal in advance of any impending failure of a building structure. This capability makes the so called passive ultrasonic technique a very good tool in structural health monitoring; especially for composite structures. In metallic structures, AE technique is currently well established and able to provide accurate and consistent result. However, in composites, the challenge for a reliable AE results is huge due to the orthotropic behaviour of the materials. The present study investigates the energy attenuation of AE signals in thin composite plate and utilized the attenuation pattern into non-velocity based source location detection. Standard Hsu-Nielsen source location testing was applied on a glass fibre epoxy resin laminate and a single channel AE system was used to acquire AE signals with the support from AEWin software for signal analysis. A linear source location algorithm utilizing AE signals energy attenuation patterns was developed and tested for the composite specimen. The results revealed that the source location algorithm provides reasonably accurate results of source location for glass fibre epoxy resin laminate.

  7. Ultrasonic detection in concrete structures of damage from sulfate attack%硫酸盐腐蚀混凝土构件损伤检测研究

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    张风杰; 袁迎曙; 杜健民

    2011-01-01

    采用化学分析、微观结构观察及超声检测等技术对混凝土腐蚀厚度进行测定,结合连续损伤原理对混凝土均匀腐蚀的损伤度进行了初步定义.提出了以化学分析结果为基准对超声检测混凝土腐蚀厚度结果进行修正的思路,研究了不同腐蚀厚度混凝土的超声检测与化学分析结果之间的关系.结果表明:超声平测法检测腐蚀厚度较小时误差较大(L0<75 mm时),对声速突变测距L0>75 mm时检测结果与化学分析结果相近,表明超声平测法可以用来检测不同介质分界面位置;通过对超声波在不同腐蚀厚度混凝土中的传播速率变化,发现超声声速与混凝土腐蚀层厚度有关,表明随着混凝土腐蚀厚度增加其内部结构密实性降低.%The corrosion thickness of concrete specimens was determined using chemical analysis, micro-structural observations, and an ultrasonic method. A continual damage theory was used to define the extent of concrete destruction. The use of the ultrasonic thickness measurements is proposed as a way of amending these results. The relationship between chemical and ultrasonic methods of corrosion testing was examined. Larger error is observed for ultrasonic penetration testing when the density of corrosion was small (L0< 75 mm). However, for L0 greater than 75 millimeters the ultrasonic and chemical methods give similar results. Hence,ultrasonic penetration testing can be used to locate the interface between solid and corroded concrete. The sound velocity is related to the corrosion density of the concrete. It appears that an increase in corrosion reduces the density of the concrete, which may be detected ultrasonically.

  8. Acousto-ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of materials using laser beam generation and detection. M.S. Thesis

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    Huber, Robert D.; Green, Robert E., Jr.

    1990-01-01

    The acousto-ultrasonic method has proven to be a most interesting technique for nondestructive evaluation of the mechanical properties of a variety of materials. Use of the technique or a modification thereof, has led to correlation of the associated stress wave factor with mechanical properties of both metals and composite materials. The method is applied to the nondestructive evaluation of selected fiber reinforced structural composites. For the first time, conventional piezoelectric transducers were replaced with laser beam ultrasonic generators and detectors. This modification permitted true non-contact acousto-ultrasonic measurements to be made, which yielded new information about the basic mechanisms involved as well as proved the feasibility of making such non-contact measurements on terrestrial and space structures and heat engine components. A state-of-the-art laser based acousto-ultrasonic system, incorporating a compact pulsed laser and a fiber-optic heterodyne interferometer, was delivered to the NASA Lewis Research Center.

  9. Comparison of ultrasonic reflectometry and FTIR analysis for thermal ageing effect detection for paint films on steel plates

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    Augereau, Franck; Zhang, Xin; Laux, Didier; Despaux, Gilles; LECLEZIO, Emmanuel; Fayolle, Bruno; ZAHRA, Yahya; Kuntz, Marc

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this experimental work is to provide a non destructive evaluation tool for quality control on paint films used for industrial purpose after deposition and in operation. The most sensitive conditions have to be found for ultrasonic inspection and the measured acoustic parameters have also to be linked to the state of the complex chemical structure of polymers. Ultrasonic reflectometry is tested to investigate the thermal ageing of epoxy coatings. As function of frequency and inciden...

  10. Ultrasonic Flaw Detection System Design for Small-Diameter Steel Pipe%小径厚壁钢管超声探伤系统设计研究

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    唐锐; 张敬东; 张祺

    2013-01-01

    A non-destructive ultrasonic flaw detection system was proposed and designed for small-diameter steel pipe with thick wall (t/D>0.2),and the hardware and software of this detection system were designed.To improve defect recognition's efficiency and accuracy,all sorts of effective anti-interference measures were proposed.They could effectively remove interference signals in ultrasonic echo signal by analyzing interference source and dissemination way of automatic ultrasonic flaw detection system for small-diameter steel pipe with thick wall,and an improved wavelet threshold was proposed to remove mixed noise in the echo signal to improve the echo signal-to-noise ratio at the same time.Experimental results show that the ultrasonic flaw detection system can achieve defect detection of the small-diameter steel pipe with thick wall,and the wavelet threshold de-noising method can effectively remove noise mixed in the ultrasonic echo signal,so the echo signal-to-noise ratio was improved greatly.%针对壁厚与外径比大于0.2的小径厚壁无缝钢管提出了一种基于超声波检测的缺陷检测系统,完成了系统的硬件和软件设计,同时为提高系统缺陷的识别效率和准确度,通过分析小径厚壁钢管超声自动探伤系统干扰来源和传播途径,利用改进小波阈值去噪方法来去除混回波信号中的噪声提高回波信号信噪比.实验证明,超声探伤系统能够实现小径厚壁钢管的缺陷检测,小波阈值降噪法可有效去除混在超声回波信号中的各种噪声,大大提高回波信号信噪比.

  11. Measurement of focused ultrasonic fields based on colour edge detection and curve fitting

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    Zhu, H.; Chang, S.; Yang, P.; He, L.

    2016-03-01

    This paper utilizes firstly both a scanning device and an optic fiber hydrophone to establish a measurement system, and then proposes the parameter measurement of the focused transducer based on edge detection of the visualized acoustic data and curve fitting. The measurement system consists of a water tank with wedge absorber, stepper motors driver, system controller, a focused transducer, an optic fiber hydrophone and data processing software. On the basis of the visualized processing for the original scanned data, the -3 dB beam width of the focused transducer is calculated using the edge detection of the acoustic visualized image and circle fitting method by minimizing algebraic distance. Experiments on the visualized ultrasound data are implemented to verify the feasibility of the proposed method. The data obtained from the scanning device are utilized to reconstruct acoustic fields, and it is found that the -3 dB beam width of the focused transducer can be predicted accurately.

  12. Detection of multiple thin surface cracks using vibrothermography with low-power piezoceramic-based ultrasonic actuator—a numerical study with experimental verification

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    Parvasi, Seyed Mohammad; Xu, Changhang; Kong, Qingzhao; Song, Gangbing

    2016-05-01

    Ultrasonic vibrations in cracked structures generate heat at the location of defects mainly due to frictional rubbing and viscoelastic losses at the defects. Vibrothermography is an effective nondestructive evaluation method which uses infrared imaging (IR) techniques to locate defects such as cracks and delaminations by detecting the heat generated at the defects. In this paper a coupled thermo-electro-mechanical analysis with the use of implicit finite element method was used to simulate a low power (10 W) piezoceramic-based ultrasonic actuator and the corresponding heat generation in a metallic plate with multiple surface cracks. Numerical results show that the finite element software Abaqus can be used to simultaneously model the electrical properties of the actuator, the ultrasonic waves propagating within the plate, as well as the thermal properties of the plate. Obtained numerical results demonstrate the ability of these low power transducers in detecting multiple cracks in the simulated aluminum plate. The validity of the numerical simulations was verified through experimental studies on a physical aluminum plate with multiple surface cracks while the same low power piezoceramic stack actuator was used to excite the plate and generate heat at the cracks. An excellent qualitative agreement exists between the experimental results and the numerical simulation’s results.

  13. Ultrasonic communication in frogs.

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    Feng, Albert S; Narins, Peter M; Xu, Chun-He; Lin, Wen-Yu; Yu, Zu-Lin; Qiu, Qiang; Xu, Zhi-Min; Shen, Jun-Xian

    2006-03-16

    Among vertebrates, only microchiropteran bats, cetaceans and some rodents are known to produce and detect ultrasounds (frequencies greater than 20 kHz) for the purpose of communication and/or echolocation, suggesting that this capacity might be restricted to mammals. Amphibians, reptiles and most birds generally have limited hearing capacity, with the ability to detect and produce sounds below approximately 12 kHz. Here we report evidence of ultrasonic communication in an amphibian, the concave-eared torrent frog (Amolops tormotus) from Huangshan Hot Springs, China. Males of A. tormotus produce diverse bird-like melodic calls with pronounced frequency modulations that often contain spectral energy in the ultrasonic range. To determine whether A. tormotus communicates using ultrasound to avoid masking by the wideband background noise of local fast-flowing streams, or whether the ultrasound is simply a by-product of the sound-production mechanism, we conducted acoustic playback experiments in the frogs' natural habitat. We found that the audible as well as the ultrasonic components of an A. tormotus call can evoke male vocal responses. Electrophysiological recordings from the auditory midbrain confirmed the ultrasonic hearing capacity of these frogs and that of a sympatric species facing similar environmental constraints. This extraordinary upward extension into the ultrasonic range of both the harmonic content of the advertisement calls and the frog's hearing sensitivity is likely to have co-evolved in response to the intense, predominantly low-frequency ambient noise from local streams. Because amphibians are a distinct evolutionary lineage from microchiropterans and cetaceans (which have evolved ultrasonic hearing to minimize congestion in the frequency bands used for sound communication and to increase hunting efficacy in darkness), ultrasonic perception in these animals represents a new example of independent evolution. PMID:16541072

  14. Ultrasonic detection of spall damage nucleation under low-velocity repeated impact

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    Watanabe T.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Repeated plate impact testing with impact stress well below the threshold spall-stress (2.6 GPa on medium carbon steel was carried out to the identical target plate by impacting the flyer plate. Occurrence of spall damage under low-velocity repeated impact was evaluated nondestructively with a low frequency scanning acoustic microscope. We observed the spall damage distribution by the B- and C-scan images. In order to initiate the spall damage (voids in a ductile material or cracks in a brittle one the particular value of threshold spall-stress should be exceeded what already belongs to a commonly accepted knowledge. Generally, the spall damage development is dependent on the amplitude and the duration of the stress pulse. If the stress is high and duration is long enough to create tensile failure of material, the voids or cracks nucleate along the spall plane, and consequently, they form macrocracks. Therefore, the spall damage does not create when the first impact stress is less than the threshold spall-stress. However, after the fifth low-velocity repeated impact test, the generation of the spall damage was detected, even if the impact stress (1.1–1.7 GPa was lower than the threshold spall-stress (2.6 GPa.

  15. Ultrasonic quantitative detection of elasticity of jugular vessel wall of female pilots and its application value

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    Long-fang ZHANG

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective To observe the elasticity of the jugular vessel wall of female aerotransport pilots on active duty,provide a reference for the selection of female pilots,and the prevention and therapy of cardiovascular diseases in female pilots.Methods Using the Echo-Tracking technique,the elastic parameters of the carotid artery were quantitatively detected in nineteen female pilots who were first selected as female astronauts.Twenty male pilots who were selected as astronauts were randomly chosen as the control group.No statistical difference in age and blood pressure between the two groups was found.No history of cardiovascular diseases was recorded,and no abnormal signs were revealed in the results of the physical examination.Electrocardiogram,chest radiography,hepatic and kidney function,and biochemical examination showed normal results.The factors affecting the elasticity of the artery could possibly be avoided for the male pilots except for the fighter pilots or the smokers.Results No statistical difference was found in the clinical and biochemical data between the pilot groups(P > 0.05.As for carotid artery elastic parameters,no statistical difference between the left and right sides of the artery was indicated.The elastic modulus,arterial stiffness index,and pulse wave velocity of the carotid artery wall of the female pilots were significantly lower than those of the male pilots(P < 0.05,and the arterial compliance was significantly higher than that of the male pilots(P < 0.05.Conclusion All of the elastic parameters of the vessel wall of female pilots were better than those of the male pilots.

  16. Ultrasonic transducer

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    A description is given of an ultrasonic transducer capable of operating at high temperature and comprising a transducer crystal and a coupling piece. This coupling piece is composed of several thin plates, generally triangular in shape, in a material withstanding corrosion and high temperatures, these plates being applied one against the other by pressure. One of the edges of the coupling piece is designed so as to direct towards the junction surfaces of the various plates the ultrasonic waves reflected from the junction between the coupling piece and the piece to which the ultrasonic waves must be transmitted

  17. Automated flaw detection scheme for cast austenitic stainless steel weld specimens using Hilbert-Huang transform of ultrasonic phased array data

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    Khan, Tariq; Majumdar, Shantanu; Udpa, Lalita [Dept. of Electrical and Comupter Engineering, Michian State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States); Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Crawford, Susan; Diaz, Aaron; Anderson, Michael T. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA 99354 (United States)

    2012-05-17

    The objective of this work is to develop processing algorithms to detect and localize flaws using ultrasonic phased-array data. Data was collected on cast austenitic stainless stell (CASS) weld specimens onloan from the U.S. nuclear power industry' Pressurized Walter Reactor Owners Group (PWROG) traveling specimen set. Each specimen consists of a centrifugally cast stainless stell (CCSS) pipe section welded to a statically cst(SCSS) or wrought (WRSS) section. The paper presents a novel automated flaw detection and localization scheme using low frequency ultrasonic phased array inspection singals from the weld and heat affected zone of the based materials. The major steps of the overall scheme are preprocessing and region of interest (ROI) detection followed by the Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) of A-scans in the detected ROIs. HHT offers time-frequency-energy distribution for each ROI. The Accumulation of energy in a particular frequency band is used as a classification feature for the particular ROI.

  18. Ultrasonic tests. Pt. 2

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    After a basic treatment of ultrasonic wave propagation, of the state-of-the-art methods and the technical background in the preceeding part, advanced ultrasonic NDT techniques are presented here. The discussion of new development includes - manipulation systems, - automation of ultrasonic testing methods, documentation and evaluation. In the middle of this part the main problem areas will be discussed: - detection of defects (e.g. in coarse grained structures and welds), - classification of defects (e.g. discrimination between crack-like and volumetric faults), - sizing of defects. Research in the field of acoustical holography, development of probes and phased arrays, electromagnetic acoustic transducers and signal enhancement are the main contributing parts to the report. (orig./RW)

  19. Ultrasonic mammography

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    608 women are examined by means of ultrasonic mammography during the period of 1 year. 432 patients were examined with the compound method with the U.I. Octoson, a water tank scanner, and 176 patients with the real time method with a directly connected linear-array-scanner. The following results were obtained at the end of the examination period: In the ultrasonic and also in the X-ray mammogram tumour diameters can be determined with an error rate of +- 30%. In the diagnosing of carcinomas, a significant dependence of the exactness on the sice of the tumour is found for the combination of the five methods tested (clinical examination, X-ray mammography, ultrasonic mammography, thermography, cytology). Classifying the individual methods with regard to their exactness, X-ray mammography ranks in front of ultrasonic mammography. Mastopathic changes in the breast can be screened by means of ultrasonic mammography. The structure of the changes can be determined more exactly than with an X-ray picture which is due to the possibility of differentiating solid and cystic structures. In diagnosing fibro-adenomas and establishing diagnoses on young women with dense gland bodies, ultrasonic mammography is superior to radiology both in the ability of screening a finding of a fibro-adenoma (US=88%, X-ray=75%) and in the possibility of classifying it as ''more benign than malignant''. (orig./MG)

  20. Angle-dependent XPS study of the mechanisms of 'high-low temperature' activation of GaAs photocathode

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    The surface chemical compositions, atomic concentration percentage and layer thickness after 'high-temperature' single-step activation and 'high-low temperature' two-step activation were obtained using quantitative analysis of angle-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that compared to single-step activation, the thickness of GaAs-O interface barrier had a remarkable decrease, the degree of As-O bond became much smaller and the Ga-O bond became dominating, and at the same time the thickness of (Cs, O) layer also had a deduction while the ratio of Cs to O had no change after two-step activation. The measured spectral response curves showed that a increase of 29% of sensitivity had been obtained after two-step activation. To explore the inherent mechanisms of influences of the evolution of GaAs(Cs, O) surface layers on photoemission, surface electric barrier models based on the experimental results were built. By calculation of electron escape probability it was found that the decrease of thickness of GaAs-O interface barrier and (Cs, O) layer is the main reasons, which explained why higher sensitivity is achieved after two-step activation than single-step activation

  1. Strong spin-orbit coupling and Zeeman spin splitting in angle dependent magnetoresistance of Bi2Te3

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    We have studied angle dependent magnetoresistance of Bi2Te3 thin film with field up to 9 T over 2–20 K temperatures. The perpendicular field magnetoresistance has been explained by the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka theory alone in a system with strong spin-orbit coupling, from which we have estimated the mean free path, the phase coherence length, and the spin-orbit relaxation time. We have obtained the out-of-plane spin-orbit relaxation time to be small and the in-plane spin-orbit relaxation time to be comparable to the momentum relaxation time. The estimation of these charge and spin transport parameters are useful for spintronics applications. For parallel field magnetoresistance, we have confirmed the presence of Zeeman effect which is otherwise suppressed in perpendicular field magnetoresistance due to strong spin-orbit coupling. The parallel field data have been explained using both the contributions from the Maekawa-Fukuyama localization theory for non-interacting electrons and Lee-Ramakrishnan theory of electron-electron interactions. The estimated Zeeman g-factor and the strength of Coulomb screening parameter agree well with the theory. Finally, the anisotropy in magnetoresistance with respect to angle has been described by the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka theory. This anisotropy can be used in anisotropic magnetic sensor applications.

  2. 超声波流量检测新方法研究%Research on New Method for Detection of Ultrasonic Flow

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    杨秋菊

    2013-01-01

      This paper analyses the time-difference detection method of ultrasonic flow and proposes a noves signal processing way based on the integral method and zero crossing detection technology, which aims to reduce the power consumption and avoids the complexity of signal processing. Inaddition, the paper also combines the timing procedure design and puts forward a effective measure to achieve low power consumption of ultrasonic flow detection.%  文章通过分析超声波流量的时差式检测方法,创新地采用了基于积分法及过零检测技术,提出了基于此方法的信号处理方式,达到了降低整机功耗的目的,规避了复杂的信号处理。此外,文章还结合了对时序工作方面的设计,提出了一种有效的措施来达到对超声波流量低功耗检测的目的。

  3. Application and Solution Research of Ultrasonic Defect Detection%超声测缺的应用问题与解决对策研究

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    缪群; 韩耀红; 陆津龙

    2000-01-01

    结合上海地区无损检测实测考核中的具体情况,分析了在混凝土浅裂缝和空洞缺陷的超声测试过程中经常遇到的一些问题,对漏判和误判原因进行了评述,并探讨了解决方法%Basing on the NDT examination in Shanghai, authors introduce some problems which we usually meet in the process of ultrasonic detection of such problems as shallow concrete cracks and cavities defects.The reasons of missing detection and wrong detection are analyzed in this article,and some solutions of shallow cracks are also given out in the article.

  4. A Comparison of the Detectability of Dry Contact Kissing Bonds in Adhesive Joints Using Longitudinal, Shear and High Power Ultrasonic Techniques

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    Brotherhood, C. J.; Drinkwater, B. W.; Guild, F. J.

    2003-03-01

    This paper details a study on the detectability of dry contact kissing bonds in adhesive joints using three ultrasonic inspection techniques. Conventional normal incidence longitudinal and shear wave inspection were conducted on dry contact kissing bonds using a standard immersion transducer and an EMAT respectively. The detectability of the dry contact kissing bonds was assessed by calculating the reflection coefficient of the interface at varying loads for a number of surface roughnesses. A high power ultrasonic method was also employed to determine the non-linear behavior of the adhesive interface. The non-linearity of the interface was determined by the ratio of the amplitudes of the first harmonic and fundamental frequencies of the transmitted waveform. It was found that the high power technique showed the greatest sensitivity to kissing bonds at low contact pressures, however at high loads conventional longitudinal wave testing was more sensitive. It was also noted that a combination of two or more techniques could provide enhanced information about the kissing bond compared to a single technique alone.

  5. Angle-dependent strong-field molecular ionization rates with tuned range-separated time-dependent density functional theory.

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    Sissay, Adonay; Abanador, Paul; Mauger, François; Gaarde, Mette; Schafer, Kenneth J; Lopata, Kenneth

    2016-09-01

    Strong-field ionization and the resulting electronic dynamics are important for a range of processes such as high harmonic generation, photodamage, charge resonance enhanced ionization, and ionization-triggered charge migration. Modeling ionization dynamics in molecular systems from first-principles can be challenging due to the large spatial extent of the wavefunction which stresses the accuracy of basis sets, and the intense fields which require non-perturbative time-dependent electronic structure methods. In this paper, we develop a time-dependent density functional theory approach which uses a Gaussian-type orbital (GTO) basis set to capture strong-field ionization rates and dynamics in atoms and small molecules. This involves propagating the electronic density matrix in time with a time-dependent laser potential and a spatial non-Hermitian complex absorbing potential which is projected onto an atom-centered basis set to remove ionized charge from the simulation. For the density functional theory (DFT) functional we use a tuned range-separated functional LC-PBE*, which has the correct asymptotic 1/r form of the potential and a reduced delocalization error compared to traditional DFT functionals. Ionization rates are computed for hydrogen, molecular nitrogen, and iodoacetylene under various field frequencies, intensities, and polarizations (angle-dependent ionization), and the results are shown to quantitatively agree with time-dependent Schrödinger equation and strong-field approximation calculations. This tuned DFT with GTO method opens the door to predictive all-electron time-dependent density functional theory simulations of ionization and ionization-triggered dynamics in molecular systems using tuned range-separated hybrid functionals. PMID:27608987

  6. Angle-dependent strong-field molecular ionization rates with tuned range-separated time-dependent density functional theory.

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    Sissay, Adonay; Abanador, Paul; Mauger, François; Gaarde, Mette; Schafer, Kenneth J; Lopata, Kenneth

    2016-09-01

    Strong-field ionization and the resulting electronic dynamics are important for a range of processes such as high harmonic generation, photodamage, charge resonance enhanced ionization, and ionization-triggered charge migration. Modeling ionization dynamics in molecular systems from first-principles can be challenging due to the large spatial extent of the wavefunction which stresses the accuracy of basis sets, and the intense fields which require non-perturbative time-dependent electronic structure methods. In this paper, we develop a time-dependent density functional theory approach which uses a Gaussian-type orbital (GTO) basis set to capture strong-field ionization rates and dynamics in atoms and small molecules. This involves propagating the electronic density matrix in time with a time-dependent laser potential and a spatial non-Hermitian complex absorbing potential which is projected onto an atom-centered basis set to remove ionized charge from the simulation. For the density functional theory (DFT) functional we use a tuned range-separated functional LC-PBE*, which has the correct asymptotic 1/r form of the potential and a reduced delocalization error compared to traditional DFT functionals. Ionization rates are computed for hydrogen, molecular nitrogen, and iodoacetylene under various field frequencies, intensities, and polarizations (angle-dependent ionization), and the results are shown to quantitatively agree with time-dependent Schrödinger equation and strong-field approximation calculations. This tuned DFT with GTO method opens the door to predictive all-electron time-dependent density functional theory simulations of ionization and ionization-triggered dynamics in molecular systems using tuned range-separated hybrid functionals.

  7. Angle-dependent strong-field molecular ionization rates with tuned range-separated time-dependent density functional theory

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    Sissay, Adonay; Abanador, Paul; Mauger, François; Gaarde, Mette; Schafer, Kenneth J.; Lopata, Kenneth

    2016-09-01

    Strong-field ionization and the resulting electronic dynamics are important for a range of processes such as high harmonic generation, photodamage, charge resonance enhanced ionization, and ionization-triggered charge migration. Modeling ionization dynamics in molecular systems from first-principles can be challenging due to the large spatial extent of the wavefunction which stresses the accuracy of basis sets, and the intense fields which require non-perturbative time-dependent electronic structure methods. In this paper, we develop a time-dependent density functional theory approach which uses a Gaussian-type orbital (GTO) basis set to capture strong-field ionization rates and dynamics in atoms and small molecules. This involves propagating the electronic density matrix in time with a time-dependent laser potential and a spatial non-Hermitian complex absorbing potential which is projected onto an atom-centered basis set to remove ionized charge from the simulation. For the density functional theory (DFT) functional we use a tuned range-separated functional LC-PBE*, which has the correct asymptotic 1/r form of the potential and a reduced delocalization error compared to traditional DFT functionals. Ionization rates are computed for hydrogen, molecular nitrogen, and iodoacetylene under various field frequencies, intensities, and polarizations (angle-dependent ionization), and the results are shown to quantitatively agree with time-dependent Schrödinger equation and strong-field approximation calculations. This tuned DFT with GTO method opens the door to predictive all-electron time-dependent density functional theory simulations of ionization and ionization-triggered dynamics in molecular systems using tuned range-separated hybrid functionals.

  8. Ultrasonic neuromodulation

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    Naor, Omer; Krupa, Steve; Shoham, Shy

    2016-06-01

    Ultrasonic waves can be non-invasively steered and focused into mm-scale regions across the human body and brain, and their application in generating controlled artificial modulation of neuronal activity could therefore potentially have profound implications for neural science and engineering. Ultrasonic neuro-modulation phenomena were experimentally observed and studied for nearly a century, with recent discoveries on direct neural excitation and suppression sparking a new wave of investigations in models ranging from rodents to humans. In this paper we review the physics, engineering and scientific aspects of ultrasonic fields, their control in both space and time, and their effect on neuronal activity, including a survey of both the field’s foundational history and of recent findings. We describe key constraints encountered in this field, as well as key engineering systems developed to surmount them. In closing, the state of the art is discussed, with an emphasis on emerging research and clinical directions.

  9. 超声检测中收发波形的数字化处理%Digital Process of Transceiver in Ultrasonic Detect System

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    王义

    2011-01-01

    时差法超声检测是通过对发射波与第一次回波之间的时差进行计时进而求得探测目标位置的一种方法。本文以CPLD(Complex Programmable Logic Device)为基础,结合MCU(Micro Control Unit)的处理特点,介绍了发射驱动信号与接收回波检测的数字化处理方法与程序设计,简化了电路设计,加大了控制的灵活性。%With counting the time interval from transmitting pulse to the first echo, ultrasonic detect system can detect the object. This paper introduces how to produce digital signal to drive the transmitter and convert received analog echo signal to digital sign

  10. Final Assessment of Manual Ultrasonic Examinations Applied to Detect Flaws in Primary System Dissimilar Metal Welds at North Anna Power Station

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    Anderson, Michael T.; Diaz, Aaron A.; Cinson, Anthony D.; Crawford, Susan L.; Prowant, Matthew S.; Doctor, Steven R.

    2014-03-24

    PNNL conducted a technical assessment of the NDE issues and protocols that led to missed detections of several axially oriented flaws in a steam generator primary inlet dissimilar metal weld at North Anna Power Station, Unit 1 (NAPS-1). This particular component design exhibits a significant outside-diameter (OD) taper that is not included as a blind performance demonstration mock-up within the industry’s Performance Demonstration Initiative, administered by EPRI. For this reason, the licensee engaged EPRI to assist in the development of a technical justification to support the basis for a site-specific qualification. The service-induced flaws at NAPS-1 were eventually detected as a result of OD surface machining in preparation for a full structural weld overlay. The machining operation uncovered the existence of two through-wall flaws, based on the observance of primary water leaking from the dissimilar metal weld. A total of five axially oriented flaws were detected in varied locations around the weld circumference. The field volumetric examination that was conducted at NAPS-1 was a non-encoded, real-time manual ultrasonic examination. PNNL conducted both an initial assessment, and subsequently, a more rigorous technical evaluation (reported here), which has identified an array of NDE issues that may have led to the subject missed detections. These evaluations were performed through technical reviews and discussions with NRC staff, EPRI NDE Center personnel, industry and ISI vendor personnel, and ultrasonic transducer manufacturers, and laboratory tests, to better understand the underlying issues at North Anna.

  11. Ultrasonic transducer

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    An ultrasonic transducer suitable for use up to a temperature of about 6000C comprises a stainless steel casing containing a lithium niobate piezoelectric element and a backing material of a powder which provides a partial pressure of oxygen and thereby prevents deterioration of the element by oxygen loss or contamination. The powder might be of lithium niobate or magnesia. (author)

  12. Ultrasonic wall thickness measurement without coupling liquid

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    If the material measured is part of the ultrasonic transducer, then one can do without the usual coupling liquid for ultrasonic measurement of wall thickness. Measuring equipment works on the basis of this electro-dynamic ultrasonic transducer, which has been developed to check the wall thickness (3 to 30 mm) of steel pipes with outside diameters of 25 to 180 mm. Double errors and local changes of wall thickness can be detected. (orig.)

  13. Ultrasonic Transducer Irradiation Test Results

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    Ultrasonic technologies offer the potential for high-accuracy and -resolution in-pile measurement of a range of parameters, including geometry changes, temperature, crack initiation and growth, gas pressure and composition, and microstructural changes. Many Department of Energy-Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs are exploring the use of ultrasonic technologies to provide enhanced sensors for in-pile instrumentation during irradiation testing. For example, the ability of small diameter ultrasonic thermometers (UTs) to provide a temperature profile in candidate metallic and oxide fuel would provide much needed data for validating new fuel performance models. Other ongoing efforts include an ultrasonic technique to detect morphology changes (such as crack initiation and growth) and acoustic techniques to evaluate fission gas composition and pressure. These efforts are limited by the lack of identified ultrasonic transducer materials capable of long term performance under irradiation test conditions. For this reason, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) was awarded an ATR NSUF project to evaluate the performance of promising magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducers in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MITR) up to a fast fluence of at least 1021 n/cm2. The goal of this research is to characterize and demonstrate magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer operation during irradiation, enabling the development of novel radiation-tolerant ultrasonic sensors for use in Material Testing Reactors (MTRs). As such, this test is an instrumented lead test and real-time transducer performance data is collected along with temperature and neutron and gamma flux data. The current work bridges the gap between proven out-of-pile ultrasonic techniques and in-pile deployment of ultrasonic sensors by acquiring the data necessary to demonstrate the performance of ultrasonic transducers. To date, one piezoelectric transducer and two

  14. Irradiation Testing of Ultrasonic Transducers

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    Ultrasonic technologies offer the potential for high accuracy and resolution in-pile measurement of numerous parameters, including geometry changes, temperature, crack initiation and growth, gas pressure and composition, and microstructural changes. Many Department of Energy-Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs are exploring the use of ultrasonic technologies to provide enhanced sensors for in-pile instrumentation during irradiation testing. For example, the ability of single, small diameter ultrasonic thermometers (UTs) to provide a temperature profile in candidate metallic and oxide fuel would provide much needed data for validating new fuel performance models. Other efforts include an ultrasonic technique to detect morphology changes (such as crack initiation and growth) and acoustic techniques to evaluate fission gas composition and pressure. These efforts are limited by the lack of existing knowledge of ultrasonic transducer material survivability under irradiation conditions. To address this need, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) was awarded an Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR NSUF) project to evaluate promising magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer performance in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MITR) up to a fast fluence of at least 1021 n/cm2 (E> 0.1 MeV). This test will be an instrumented lead test; and real-time transducer performance data will be collected along with temperature and neutron and gamma flux data. By characterizing magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer survivability during irradiation, test results will enable the development of novel radiation tolerant ultrasonic sensors for use in Material and Test Reactors (MTRs). The current work bridges the gap between proven out-of-pile ultrasonic techniques and in-pile deployment of ultrasonic sensors by acquiring the data necessary to demonstrate the performance of ultrasonic transducers. (authors)

  15. Ultrasonic Transducer Irradiation Test Results

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    Daw, Joshua [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Palmer, Joe [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Ramuhalli, Pradeep [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Keller, Paul [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Montgomery, Robert [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Chien, Hual-Te [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Kohse, Gordon [MIT (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology), Cambridge, MA (United States); Tittmann, Bernhard [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Reinhardt, Brian [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Rempe, Joy [Rempe and Associates, Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-02-01

    Ultrasonic technologies offer the potential for high-accuracy and -resolution in-pile measurement of a range of parameters, including geometry changes, temperature, crack initiation and growth, gas pressure and composition, and microstructural changes. Many Department of Energy-Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs are exploring the use of ultrasonic technologies to provide enhanced sensors for in-pile instrumentation during irradiation testing. For example, the ability of small diameter ultrasonic thermometers (UTs) to provide a temperature profile in candidate metallic and oxide fuel would provide much needed data for validating new fuel performance models. Other ongoing efforts include an ultrasonic technique to detect morphology changes (such as crack initiation and growth) and acoustic techniques to evaluate fission gas composition and pressure. These efforts are limited by the lack of identified ultrasonic transducer materials capable of long term performance under irradiation test conditions. For this reason, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) was awarded an ATR NSUF project to evaluate the performance of promising magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducers in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MITR) up to a fast fluence of at least 1021 n/cm2. The goal of this research is to characterize and demonstrate magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer operation during irradiation, enabling the development of novel radiation-tolerant ultrasonic sensors for use in Material Testing Reactors (MTRs). As such, this test is an instrumented lead test and real-time transducer performance data is collected along with temperature and neutron and gamma flux data. The current work bridges the gap between proven out-of-pile ultrasonic techniques and in-pile deployment of ultrasonic sensors by acquiring the data necessary to demonstrate the performance of ultrasonic transducers. To date, one piezoelectric

  16. Irradiation Testing of Ultrasonic Transducers

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    Daw, Joshua; Tittmann, Bernhard; Reinhardt, Brian; Kohse, Gordon E.; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Montgomery, Robert O.; Chien, Hual-Te; Villard, Jean-Francois; Palmer, Joe; Rempe, Joy

    2014-07-30

    Ultrasonic technologies offer the potential for high accuracy and resolution in-pile measurement of a range of parameters, including geometry changes, temperature, crack initiation and growth, gas pressure and composition, and microstructural changes. Many Department of Energy-Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) programs are exploring the use of ultrasonic technologies to provide enhanced sensors for in-pile instrumentation during irradiation testing. For example, the ability of single, small diameter ultrasonic thermometers (UTs) to provide a temperature profile in candidate metallic and oxide fuel would provide much needed data for validating new fuel performance models. Other efforts include an ultrasonic technique to detect morphology changes (such as crack initiation and growth) and acoustic techniques to evaluate fission gas composition and pressure. These efforts are limited by the lack of existing knowledge of ultrasonic transducer material survivability under irradiation conditions. For this reason, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) was awarded an Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR NSUF) project to evaluate promising magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer performance in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Reactor (MITR) up to a fast fluence of at least 1021 n/cm2 (E> 0.1 MeV). The goal of this research is to characterize magnetostrictive and piezoelectric transducer survivability during irradiation, enabling the development of novel radiation tolerant ultrasonic sensors for use in Material and Test Reactors (MTRs). As such, this test will be an instrumented lead test and real-time transducer performance data will be collected along with temperature and neutron and gamma flux data. The current work bridges the gap between proven out-of-pile ultrasonic techniques and in-pile deployment of ultrasonic sensors by acquiring the data necessary to demonstrate the performance of ultrasonic transducers.

  17. Life Detection and Characterization of Subsurface Ice and Brine in the McMurdo Dry Valleys Using an Ultrasonic Gopher: A NASA ASTEP Project

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    Doran, P. T.; Bar-Cohen, Y.; Fritsen, C.; Kenig, F.; McKay, C. P.; Murray, A.; Sherrit, S.

    2003-01-01

    Evidence for the presence of ice and fluids near the surface of Mars in both the distant and recent past is growing with each new mission to the Planet. One explanation for fluids forming springlike features on Mars is the discharge of subsurface brines. Brines offer potential refugia for extant Martian life, and near surface ice could preserve a record of past life on the planet. Proven techniques to get underground to sample these environments, and get below the disruptive influence of the surface oxidant and radiation regime, will be critical for future astrobiology missions to Mars. Our Astrobiology for Science and Technology for Exploring Planets (ASTEP) project has the goal to develop and test a novel ultrasonic corer in a Mars analog environment, the McMurdo Dry valleys, Antarctica, and to detect and describe life in a previously unstudied extreme ecosystem; Lake Vida (Fig. 1), an ice-sealed lake.

  18. Digital image correlation, acoustic emission and ultrasonic pulse velocity for the detection of cracks in the concrete buffer of the Belgian nuclear supercontainer

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    Iliopoulos, Sokratis; Tsangouri, Eleni; Aggelis, Dimitrios G.; Pyl, Lincy [Vrije Univ., Brussels (Belgium). Dept. of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions; Vantomme, John [Vrije Univ., Brussels (Belgium). Dept. of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions; Royal Military Academy, Brussels (Belgium). Civil and Material Engineering Dept.; Marcke, Philippe van [ONDRAF/NIRAS (Belgium); Areias, Lou [EURIDICE GIE/SCK.CEN, Mol (Belgium); Vrije Univ., Brussels (Belgium). Dept. of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions

    2014-11-01

    The long term management of high-level and heat emitting radioactive waste is a worldwide concern, as it directly influences the environment and future generations. To address this issue, the Belgian Agency for Radioactive Waste and Enriched Fissile Materials has come up with the conceptual design of a massive concrete structure called Supercontainer. The feasibility to construct these structures is being evaluated through a number of scaled models that are tested using classical as well as state of the art measurement techniques. In the current paper, the results obtained from the simultaneous application of the Digital Image Correlation (DIC), the Acoustic Emission (AE) and the Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV) nondestructive testing techniques on the second scaled model for the detection and monitoring of cracks will be presented.

  19. Ultrasonic Transmission Detection Techniques for Large Complex Curved Surface of Composite Material%大型曲面复合材料超声检测技术

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    徐春广; 王洪博; 肖定国

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,the detection of common defects such as inclusion ,void and delamination for large -scaled curved composite material is studied .The principle for transmission method is focused on introducing .Moreover ,the results of the C-Scan experiment for different size defects of different thickness carbon -fiber composite supported the opinion a-bove.The technology of trajectory planning and motion control for twin -robot defects detect of various curved composite sample using ultrasonic transmission method is also discussed .An ultrasonic NDT system is developed for testing large -scaled curved composite components used in aerospace and other fields .It will be very significant for our nondestructive tes-ting work.%针对大型曲面复合材料常见夹杂、孔洞、分层等缺陷的检测需求,阐述了超声透射法检测的测量原理,对不同厚度碳纤维复合材料不同孔径大小的缺陷进行了超声C扫描实验,验证了方法的可行性。结合双机械手的运动轨迹规划和控制开展了空间任意曲面复合材料工件的超声透射检测技术研究,并研制了双机械手超声透射无损检测系统,对于航空航天等领域使用的大型曲面复合材料构件的无损检测有着重要的意义。

  20. 环焊缝超声检测缺陷检出率问题的研究%Research on the Defect Detection Rate of Circumferential Weld Ultrasonic Testing

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    魏振宝; 罗全意

    2012-01-01

    The majority of oil-gas gathering and transportation pipeline is thin wall, detection surface is curved surface, which locate in the open and easily be affected by the environment. The undetected defect existed in ultrasonic detection, through practicing and observing the ultrasonic detection process, it put forward to improve the ultrasonic testing process from several aspects, such as probe, scanning ways, test block and reference block for calibration and etc., in order to enhance defect detection rate of ultrasonic testing. This study will provide certain guide for improving ultrasonic detection quality of oil-gas gathering and transportation pipeline site welding.%针对油气集输管道多为薄壁管、探伤面为曲面且多在野外易受环境影响等特点,对超声波检测时存在的管道缺陷漏检情况,通过在现场超声检测工艺的实践和观察,从探头、扫查方式、用于校准的标准试块和对比试块等方面来改进超声检测工艺,从而达到提高超声检测缺陷检出率的目的.研究结果对于提高油气集输管道现场焊接的超声检测质量具有一定的指导意义.

  1. Analysis of field-angle dependent specific heat in unconventional superconductors: A comparison between Doppler-shift method and Kramer-Pesch approximation

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    We theoretically discuss the magnetic-field-angle dependence of the zero-energy density of states (ZEDOS) in superconductors. Point-node and line-node superconducting gaps on spherical and cylindrical Fermi surfaces are considered. The Doppler-shift (DS) method and the Kramer-Pesch approximation (KPA) are used to calculate the ZEDOS. Numerical results show that consequences of the DS method are corrected by the KPA.

  2. Ultrasonic tests. Pt. 1

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    Nondestructive testing (NDT) plays an important part in the field of nuclear power plants operation. The report is concentrated to the primary loop components' ultrasonic NDT. It includes inspection techniques used during fabrication and in service. While a second part is dealing with advanced NDT methods, this first presentation introduces into the variety of ultrasonic testing procedures. After a treatment of the physical background the appropriate choice of equipment and techniques in respect of material, geometry and accessibility will be discussed. The state-of-the-art for detection, location, normalization, classification and sizing of defects will be presented. Finally, evaluation of faults and accept/reject criteria (e.g. based on fracture mechanics) together with the qualification of NDE personnel are concluding the contribution. (orig./RW)

  3. 小直径薄壁焊管超声波和射线检测对比%Comparison Between Ultrasonic and Radiographic Detection of Small Size Thin Wall Thickness Welded Pipe

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    王冬林; 卫栋; 田新新; 李昱坤; 雷凌云; 巨敬伟

    2015-01-01

    In this article, it briefly introduced the characteristics and the testing difficulties of the small diameter thin wall thickness welded pipe, then analyzed two detection methods, the ultrasonic and radiographic detection, and summarized the choice of the key parameters for ultrasonic and radiographic detection. Finally, two kinds of detection methods are compared;the results indicated that the detection rate of radiographic test is higher for volume type defect, and the detection rate of ultrasonic test is higher for area defects;it is very difficult to accurately determine the position and size of defects in workpiece thickness direction for radiographic detection, this problem did not exist in ultrasonic test. Radiographic detection is more suitable for thin wall thickness workpiece.%简要介绍了小直径薄壁焊管的特点及检测存在难点。对小直径薄壁焊管的超声和射线检测进行了重点分析,总结了超声和射线检测时各重点参数的选择原则。最后对两种检测方法进行了比较。结果表明,射线检测对体积型缺陷的检出率较高,而超声检测对面积性缺陷的检出率较高;射线检测很难精确确定缺陷在工件厚度方向的位置和尺寸,而超声检测不存在此问题;射线检测比超声检测更适宜薄壁工件的检测。

  4. Copper clean-up procedure for ultrasonic extraction and analysis of pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides in sediments by gas chromatography-electron capture detection

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    A rapid ultrasonic extraction method coupled with a heated-copper clean-up procedure for removing interfering constituents was developed for analyzing pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides in sediments. Incubation of the 60 mL extract with 12 g copper granules at 60 oC for 2 h was determined to be the optimal conditions for removing the interfering constituents. Eleven pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides were spiked into sediment samples to determine the effectiveness of the ultrasonic extraction method. The average recoveries of pyrethroids and phenylpyrazoles in sediment at 4 oC storage on day 0, 1, 7, 14, and 21 ranged from 98.6 to 120.0%, 79.2 to 116.0%, 85.0 to 119.7%, 93.6 to 118.7%, and 92.1 to 118.2%, respectively, with all percent relative standard deviations less than 10% (most oC. Recoveries of the pesticides ranged from 98.6% to 120.0% for lowest fortification level (2-16 μg kg-1), from 97.8% to 117.9% for middle fortification level (10-80 μg kg-1), and from 94.3% to 118.1% for highest fortification level (20-160 μg kg-1). Relative standard deviations of pesticide recoveries were usually less than 7%. Method detection limits of target pesticides ranged from 0.22 μg kg-1 to 3.72 μg kg-1. Furthermore, field sediment samples collected from four residential lakes during a three-month monitoring period were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of this method. Bifenthrin was detected in all of sediment samples (highest concentration 260.33 ± 41.71 μg kg-1, lowest concentration 5.68 ± 0.38 μg kg-1), and fipronil sulfone was detected at least once in sediment samples collected from three sites with concentrations ranging from 1.73 ± 0.53 to 7.53 ± 0.01 μg kg-1. - Highlights: → A rapid extraction and copper-based clean-up method was developed. → Recoveries after storage at 4 oC for 21 d ranged from 79.2 to 120.0%. → Percent relative standard deviations less than 10% (most -1 to 3.72 μg kg-1.

  5. Copper clean-up procedure for ultrasonic extraction and analysis of pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides in sediments by gas chromatography-electron capture detection.

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    Wu, Jun; Lin, Youjian; Lu, Jian; Wilson, Chris

    2011-08-15

    A rapid ultrasonic extraction method coupled with a heated-copper clean-up procedure for removing interfering constituents was developed for analyzing pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides in sediments. Incubation of the 60 mL extract with 12 g copper granules at 60 °C for 2h was determined to be the optimal conditions for removing the interfering constituents. Eleven pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides were spiked into sediment samples to determine the effectiveness of the ultrasonic extraction method. The average recoveries of pyrethroids and phenylpyrazoles in sediment at 4 °C storage on day 0, 1, 7, 14, and 21 ranged from 98.6 to 120.0%, 79.2 to 116.0%, 85.0 to 119.7%, 93.6 to 118.7%, and 92.1 to 118.2%, respectively, with all percent relative standard deviations less than 10% (most sediment during sediment aging at 4 °C. Recoveries of the pesticides ranged from 98.6% to 120.0% for lowest fortification level (2-16 μg kg⁻¹), from 97.8% to 117.9% for middle fortification level (10-80 μg kg⁻¹), and from 94.3% to 118.1% for highest fortification level (20-160 μg kg⁻¹). Relative standard deviations of pesticide recoveries were usually less than 7%. Method detection limits of target pesticides ranged from 0.22 μg kg⁻¹ to 3.72 μg kg⁻¹. Furthermore, field sediment samples collected from four residential lakes during a three-month monitoring period were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of this method. Bifenthrin was detected in all of sediment samples (highest concentration 260.33±41.71 μg kg⁻¹, lowest concentration 5.68±0.38 μg kg⁻¹, and fipronil sulfone was detected at least once in sediment samples collected from three sites with concentrations ranging from 1.73±0.53 to 7.53±0.01 μg kg⁻¹. PMID:21684581

  6. Modern ultrasonic flowmeters

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    Gurevich, V. M.; Truman, S. G.

    1986-01-01

    The current status of ultrasonic flowmeters were reviewed on the basis of materials published in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. The following advantages of ultrasonic flowmeters over earlier instruments are cited. A comparative analysis is made of the design methods employed in ultrasonic flowmeters. The evolution of ultrasonic flowmetering is traced from the first generation and trends in their development are analyzed.

  7. The Study of T-beam Thickness Detection Method Based on Ultrasonic Velocity Measurement%基于超声波法的T梁厚度检测方法研究

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    谢盛明; 汪继文; 詹小丽; 姜维; 邵华

    2015-01-01

    In order to do an express test for bridge slab thickness, a research was carried out on detection method of thickness of typical T-beam on bridge by ultrasonic.The detection precision of this detection method was also analyzed in this paper.The results indicate that the maximum measurement error of T-beam diaphragm by ul-trasonic is 3.5%and the maximum measurement error of T-beam web is 16.4%.According to the test results by ultrasonic velocity measurement, this paper focuses on the problem of ultrasonic measurement on bridge slab thick-ness and proposes accuracy correction of ultrasonic velocity measurement on bridge slab thickness.Research results show that ultrasonic velocity measurement on bridge slab thickness has superiority while still existing drawbacks. The difficult and key points of bridge slab thickness test by ultrasonic are how to select positions quickly and im-prove the precision of data processing.%为快速测试桥梁梁板厚度,本研究运用超声波法对典型桥梁T梁梁板厚度检测方法进行研究,并对其检测方法的检测精度进行分析。研究发现超声波测量T梁横隔板边缘测量误差最大为3.5%,T梁中腹板超声波测量误差最大为20%。根据超声波法的测试结果,提出了超声波测试桥梁梁板精度修正的处理方法。研究结果表明超声波在桥梁梁板厚度测试中具有优越性的同时也存在一些问题,如何克服超声波梁板厚度测试快速定点及测试结果数据处理提高精度是超声波梁板厚度测试的难点和关键。

  8. Nitrogen monoxide vector of ultrasonic atomizing inhalation improves vertebro-basilar artery insufficiency Hemodynamic changes are detected by transcranial Doppler test

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    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Latest researches at home and abroad indicate that glycerol trinitrate plays its function because it can metabolize into nitrogen monoxide (NO) in vivo.OBJECTIVE: To study the therapeutic effects of NO vector of ultrasonic atomizing inhalation on vertebro-basilar artery insufficiency (VBI) through transcranial Doppler (TCD) detection and serum NO content and indirect effect of TCD on cerebral blood flow changes.DESIGN: Randomized grouping and controlled clinical study.SETTING: Department of Neurology, the Fourth People's Hospital of Jinan.PARTICIPANTS: A total of 130 patients who were diagnosed as VBI were selected from Department of Neurology, the Fourth People's Hospital of Jinan from December 2001 to December 2005. The involved inpatients were checked by CT and MRI, and met the VBI diagnostic standard enacted by the Fourth National Academic Meeting of Cerebrovascular Disease in 1995. All patients and their relatives provided the confirmed consent. They were randomly divided into low-dose treatment group (n =60), high-lose treatment group (n =30) and control group (n =40).METHODS: Patients in the low-dose and high-dose treatment groups were given ultrasonic atomizing inhalation of 3 mg and 5 mg glycerol trinitrate, respectively, for 20 minutes, once a day. In addition,ligustrazine and energy mixture were used once a day for three days in a course. Cases in the control group were only given ligustrazine and energy mixture. All selected cases accepted TCD, blood NO content was checked at the time of beginning, after the first time and after a period of treatment. According to the TCD test, VBI patients were divided into two groups (high-low flow velocity). The vertebral artery (VA) and basal artery (BA) of left or right sides were detected by 2 Hz detector via occipital window.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ① Blood flow velocity of systolic phase, blood flow velocity of diastole phase and vascular resistance in left and right VA and BA detected by using TCD

  9. Ultrasonic Force Microscopies

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    Kolosov, Oleg; Briggs, Andrew

    Ultrasonic Force Microscopy, or UFM, allows combination of two apparently mutually exclusive requirements for the nanomechanical probe—high stiffness for the efficient indentation and high mechanical compliance that brings force sensitivity. Somewhat inventively, UFM allows to combine these two virtues in the same cantilever by using indention of the sample at high frequency, when cantilever is very rigid, but detecting the result of this indention at much lower frequency. That is made possible due to the extreme nonlinearity of the nanoscale tip-surface junction force-distance dependence, that acts as "mechanical diode" detecting ultrasound in AFM. After introducing UFM principles, we discuss features of experimental UFM implementation, and the theory of contrast in this mode, progressing to quantitative measurements of contact stiffness. A variety of UFM applications ranging from semiconductor quantum nanostructures, graphene, very large scale integrated circuits, and reinforced ceramics to polymer composites and biological materials is presented via comprehensive imaging gallery accompanied by the guidance for the optimal UFM measurements of these materials. We also address effects of adhesion and topography on the elasticity imaging and the approaches for reducing artifacts connected with these effects. This is complemented by another extremely useful feature of UFM—ultrasound induced superlubricity that allows damage free imaging of materials ranging from stiff solid state devices and graphene to biological materials. Finally, we proceed to the exploration of time-resolved nanoscale phenomena using nonlinear mixing of multiple vibration frequencies in ultrasonic AFM—Heterodyne Force Microscopy, or HFM, that also include mixing of ultrasonic vibration with other periodic physical excitations, eg. electrical, photothermal, etc. Significant section of the chapter analyzes the ability of UFM and HFM to detect subsurface mechanical inhomogeneities, as well as

  10. 1000kV GIS超声波在线检测系统设计与应用研究%Design and Application Study on Online Ultrasonic Detection System of 1000kV Gas Insulation Switch

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    汤会增; 陈富安; 李红刚

    2015-01-01

    介绍了GIS超声波局部放电检测原理,给出了1000kV GIS超声波在线检测系统设计方案,设计了检测系统的硬件和软件,通过模拟试验和对四种常规局放类型表征参数进行归纳,总结出了超声波检测法的特点。对某特高压变电站1000kV GIS盆式绝缘子破损实际案例进行了分析,验证了该1000kV GIS超声波检测系统的有效性。%Introduction was made to the detecting principle of ultrasonic partial discharge (PD) detection in gas insulated switch-gear (GIS). This paper gave the overall design scheme of ultrasonic 1000kV GIS PD on-line detection system, including the hard-ware and software of the detection system. The simulation test and the characteristic parameters of four conventional types of partial discharge were concluded and the characteristics of ultrasound were summarized. This paper analyzed an actual case of 1000kV GIS basin insulator damage in the ultra-high voltage (UHV) substation. The effectiveness of the proposed 1000 kV GIS ultrasonic testing system was verified.

  11. Multivariate data-driven modelling and pattern recognition for damage detection and identification for acoustic emission and acousto-ultrasonics

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    Torres-Arredondo, M.A.; Tibaduiza, D.-A.; McGugan, Malcolm;

    2013-01-01

    and pattern recognition are evaluated and integrated into the different proposed methodologies. As a contribution to solve the problem, this paper presents results in damage detection and classification using a methodology based on hierarchical nonlinear principal component analysis, square prediction...

  12. Nonlinear mixing of ultrasonic coda waves with lower frequency-swept pump waves for a global detection of defects in multiple scattering media

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    Zhang, Y.; Tournat, V.; Abraham, O.; Durand, O.; Letourneur, S.; Le Duff, A.; Lascoup, B.

    2013-02-01

    An ultrasonic method providing for an efficient global detection of defects in complex media (multiple scattering or reverberating media) is reported herein; this method is based on the nonlinear acoustic mixing of coda waves (stemming from multiple scattering) with lower frequency-swept pump waves. Such a nonlinear mixing step is made possible by the presence of nonlinear scatterers, such as cracks and delamination, yet remains absent when the waves are scattered only by linear scatterers, as is the case in a complex but defect-free medium. A global inspection is achieved thanks to the use of wide-band coda and pump signals, which ensure the excitation of many resonances along with a homogeneous acoustic energy distribution in the medium. We introduce the existing sensitivity tools developed for Coda Wave Interferometry in extracting the pump amplitude-dependent parameters of the coda waves associated with effective nonlinear parameters of the medium. By comparing results at two damage levels, these effective nonlinear parameters are shown to be correlated with crack presence in glass samples. The mechanisms potentially responsible for the observed amplitude dependence on the tested elastic parameters and waveform modification are discussed.

  13. 超声波探伤中对焊缝厚度变化的参数修正%Parameter Correction of Weld Thickness Variation on Ultrasonic Flaw Detection

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    胡细超; 朱星星

    2014-01-01

    During the ultrasonic flaw detection on unequal thickness weld,due to uneven thickness,the ultrasonic testing instrument data read from ultrasonic flaw detection instrument were not accurate for the localization of weld defect. Through kinds of unequal thickness of weld on the different repeated tests, the direct wave and primary reflection tests were analyzed and calculated,and the data conversion were completed,ensured accurate detection on unequal thickness weld.%对不等厚焊缝进行超声波探伤时,由于其厚度不均匀,从超声波探伤仪器上读出的数据不能准确地对焊缝缺陷进行定位。通过对各种不同的不等厚焊缝反复测试,分别对直射波、一次反射波进行分析计算,并完成相关数据转换,保证不等厚焊缝的准确检出。

  14. 电磁超声兰姆波的无损探伤技术%Electromagnetic Ultrasonic Lamb Wave Defect Detection of Metal

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    杨理践; 梁震; 高松巍

    2012-01-01

    针对金属薄板的缺陷检测问题,进行了电磁超声兰姆波无损探伤技术的研究.基于兰姆波的频散特性,推导出了兰姆波各模式相(群)速度关于线圈间距、频厚积及激励频率的表达式,确定了电磁超声换能器的结构参数.设计了一种DDS与FPGA相结合,产生串码、频率可调的脉冲激励信号串发生电路,利用H桥放大电路对激励信号进行了升压处理,并对激励线圈进行了阻抗匹配.试验结论表明:永磁铁与激励线圈的不同组合形式可以分别在铁磁性和非铁磁性金属薄板中激发出兰姆波.研制的功率放大电路及信号处理电路能够在金属薄板中激发出高性能的兰姆波并实现稳定接收,具有较高的信噪比,能够实现对金属薄板的无损探伤.%For the sheet metal defect detection problem, advanced the electromagnetic ultrasonic Lamb wave nondestructive testing technology research. Based on the dispersion characteristics of Lamb waves, derived out the model of the Lamb wave phase ( group) velocity of the coil spacing, frequency and excitation frequency thickness product expression and determine the electromagnetic ultrasonic transducer structure parameters. Design a DDS and FPGA combined generating circuit, which can generate string of code, adjustable pulse frequency excitation signal string, Used the H-bridge amplifier circuit excitation signal for the boost treatment and then impedance matched the excitation coil. Experiment concluded shown, different form of permanent magnet and excitation coils combination can respectively stimulate Lamb in the ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic metal sheet. Developed power amplifier circuit and signal processing circuit can stimulate high-performance in sheet metal and realize stable reception, has a high signal to noise ratio and can execute Non-destructive testing of metal sheet.

  15. Copper clean-up procedure for ultrasonic extraction and analysis of pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides in sediments by gas chromatography-electron capture detection

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    Wu Jun; Lin Youjian; Lu Jian; Wilson, Chris, E-mail: pcwilson@ufl.edu

    2011-08-15

    A rapid ultrasonic extraction method coupled with a heated-copper clean-up procedure for removing interfering constituents was developed for analyzing pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides in sediments. Incubation of the 60 mL extract with 12 g copper granules at 60 {sup o}C for 2 h was determined to be the optimal conditions for removing the interfering constituents. Eleven pyrethroid and phenylpyrazole pesticides were spiked into sediment samples to determine the effectiveness of the ultrasonic extraction method. The average recoveries of pyrethroids and phenylpyrazoles in sediment at 4 {sup o}C storage on day 0, 1, 7, 14, and 21 ranged from 98.6 to 120.0%, 79.2 to 116.0%, 85.0 to 119.7%, 93.6 to 118.7%, and 92.1 to 118.2%, respectively, with all percent relative standard deviations less than 10% (most < 6%). This illustrated the stability of pyrethroids and phenylpyrazoles in sediment during sediment aging at 4 {sup o}C. Recoveries of the pesticides ranged from 98.6% to 120.0% for lowest fortification level (2-16 {mu}g kg{sup -1}), from 97.8% to 117.9% for middle fortification level (10-80 {mu}g kg{sup -1}), and from 94.3% to 118.1% for highest fortification level (20-160 {mu}g kg{sup -1}). Relative standard deviations of pesticide recoveries were usually less than 7%. Method detection limits of target pesticides ranged from 0.22 {mu}g kg{sup -1} to 3.72 {mu}g kg{sup -1}. Furthermore, field sediment samples collected from four residential lakes during a three-month monitoring period were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of this method. Bifenthrin was detected in all of sediment samples (highest concentration 260.33 {+-} 41.71 {mu}g kg{sup -1}, lowest concentration 5.68 {+-} 0.38 {mu}g kg{sup -1}), and fipronil sulfone was detected at least once in sediment samples collected from three sites with concentrations ranging from 1.73 {+-} 0.53 to 7.53 {+-} 0.01 {mu}g kg{sup -1}. - Highlights: {yields} A rapid extraction and copper-based clean-up method was

  16. 超声波流量计在船舶管系泄漏检测与定位中的应用%Application of Ultrasonic Flow Meter in Detecting and Locating Ship Pipeline Leakage

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    韩雪峰; 张杰; 彭中波

    2012-01-01

    提出了基于负压波—流量平衡联合法的超声波流量计来检测船舶管系泄漏和泄漏点定位的方法.从超声波流量计的工作原理和应用特点入手,结合压力波在泄漏检测与定位系统中的应用情况,搭建实验平台,进行了实验验证.实验结果表明:该方法具有一定的实用性和可行性,能有效地提高小泄漏的检测率和降低泵阀正常操作的误报警.%Ship pipeline leakage can be detected and located by utilizing ultrasonic flow meter hased on negative pressure waves and flow equilibrium method. An experiment platform was created on lhe basis of the operating prinripJe and application characteristics of ultrasonic flow meter, the utilization of negative pressure waves in ship pipeline leakage and location system. Then the application of ultrasonic was verified, moreover, it showed that small leakage can be more easily detected and the frequency of false alarms during the normal operating of the pump valve can also be effectively decreased if ultrasonic flow meter based on negative pressure waves and flow equilibrium method was utilized in ship pipeline leakage detection and location, thus the practical applicability and feasibility of this method were demonstrated.

  17. Ultrasonic flaw detection and sizing methods for cracks in the nozzle corner area at boiling water reactor vessels

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    The demonstration of inservice inspection methods with ultrasound for the nozzel inner corner at boiling water reactor pressure vessels has shown that a detectability of cracks with a depth in the range of 5-10 mm is possible if optimal inspection parameters are chosen. The investigations concerning the choice of the optimal parameters is presented

  18. Ultrasonic flaw detection and sizing methods for cracks in the nozzle corner area at boiling water reactor vessels

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    The demonstration of inservice inspection methods with ultrasound for the nozzle inner corner at boiling water reactor pressure vessels has shown that a detectability of cracks with a depth in the range of 5 - 10 mm is possible if optimal inspection parameters are chosen. The investigations concerning the choice of the optimal parameters is presented. 4 refs

  19. Ultrasonic Detection of Small Crack in Studs[Bolts] by Time Difference of Thread Signals(TDTS)

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    It is difficult to detect such flaws as stress - corrosion cracking or corrosion wastage(loss of bolt diameter) in the threads. In many cases the critical size of a flaw is very small(1-2 mm order). This paper describes how it is possible to discriminate small flaw indications in threads using the time difference or thread signals(TDTS) by a signal-conditioning technique

  20. Inspection of copper canisters for spent nuclear fuel by means of ultrasonic array system. Modelling, defect detection and grain noise estimation

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    Wu Ping; Stepinski, T. [Uppsala Univ., (Sweden). Dept. of Material Science

    1998-07-01

    The work presented in the report has been split into three overlapping tasks which have the following objectives: (1) development of beam-forming tools, and verification of modeling tools; (2) investigation of detection and resolution limits; (3) evaluation of attenuation, estimation and suppression of grain noise. For beam-forming tools, a method of designing steered and/or focused beams in immersed solids is presented based on geometrical acoustics. Presently, the beam designs are only related to delays but not to apodization. These focused, steered beams are intended to be used for sizing defects and inspecting the regions close to canisters outer walls. The modeling tool developed previously for simulating elastic fields radiated by planar arrays into immersed solids has been verified by comparing with the results obtained from PASS, a software developed by Dr. Didier Cassereau, France. The results from our modeling tool are in excellent agreement with those from PASS. Since the array coming with the ALLIN ultrasonic array system is not planar, but cylindrically curved in elevation, and it works not in transmission mode, but in pulse echo mode, the above modeling tool for the planar arrays cannot be applied directly. Therefore, the modeling tool has been upgraded for the ALLIN array. The theory underlying this modeling tool is the extended angular spectrum approach (ASA) which was developed based on the conventional ASA that only applies to planar sources. Experimental verification of the modeling tool has shown that the results from the tool agree very well with the measurements. To quantify the fields from the ALLIN array and to facilitate the comparison of simulated results with the measured ones, the ALLIN array system has been calibrated based on the existing functionality, and an analytical model has been proposed for simulating measured acoustic echo pulses. To investigate the detection and resolution limits, we have carried out a series of experiments

  1. Ultrasonic inspection methodology

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    Steam generator tubes are known to be susceptible to stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Primary water SCC (PWSCC) and more recently secondary water SCC (SWSCC) have been observed in some Belgian plants. To help dealing with these problems, Laborelec developed an ultrasonic (UT) inspection system. It has been used for the last two years on a sampling basis in several plants. The field and laboratory measurements confirmed the advantage of using UT for the early detection of small circumferential cracks while an excellent correlation was demonstrated between eddy current RPC and UT for axial PWSCC. In conclusion: The latest in-service inspections demonstrated an average measurement cycle of 50 to 60 seconds per tube including the manipulator displacement from tube to tube. A sample of about 250 tubes with axial cracks was measured on-site with the eddy current RPC technique and the new UT system. All the UT measured lengths were within ± 1.5 mm of the RPC results. The same results were obtained from the inspection of the tubes repaired with the nickel process (Doel 3). Some indications of circumferential secondary side stress corrosion cracking were recently observed. A comparison with the eddy current rotating pancake coil confirmed the improved detectability of the UT system. The field and laboratory results obtained with this UT inspection system demonstrated the advantage of applying the ultrasonic technique for the detection and sizing of small volume cracks like SCC. Also, the small focal spot of the UT beam provided a clear advantage for the detection of circumferential PWSCC in the presence of multiple axial cracks. With an average rate dose to 60 tubes per hour for the top of the tubesheet area, this UT system can be considered as an industrial tool for the inspection of steam generator tubes

  2. Detection and sizing of stress corrosion cracks in austenitic components using ultrasonic testing and synthetic aperture focusing technique

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    Dugan, Sandra; Wagner, Sabine [Stuttgart Univ. (Germany). Materialpruefungsanstalt; Dillhoefer, Alexander [NDT Global GmbH and Co.KG, Stutensee (Germany); Rieder, Hans; Spies, Martin [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Zerstoerungsfreie Pruefverfahren (IZFP), Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2015-05-01

    Flaw detection and sizing using NDT techniques is an important factor for reliably assessing the integrity of components. In the case of dissimilar metal welds and austenitic stainless steel welds, the grain structure of the weld in combination with the elastic anisotropy of the material will present major challenges for UT. A study on austenitic base metal test blocks with artificially grown IGSCCs has shown that the Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique (SAFT) can improve the signal-to-noise ratio, particularly for crack tip signals. In welded test blocks, the influence of the inhomogeneous, anisotropic weld has to be considered.

  3. Detection and sizing of stress corrosion cracks in austenitic components using ultrasonic testing and synthetic aperture focusing technique

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    Flaw detection and sizing using NDT techniques is an important factor for reliably assessing the integrity of components. In the case of dissimilar metal welds and austenitic stainless steel welds, the grain structure of the weld in combination with the elastic anisotropy of the material will present major challenges for UT. A study on austenitic base metal test blocks with artificially grown IGSCCs has shown that the Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique (SAFT) can improve the signal-to-noise ratio, particularly for crack tip signals. In welded test blocks, the influence of the inhomogeneous, anisotropic weld has to be considered.

  4. Detection of blister formation and evaluation of pressure tube/calandria tube contact location by ultrasonic velocity ratio measurement technique

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    Presence of hydrogen in zircaloy pressure tube affects the velocity of ultrasound propagation. Both longitudinal wave velocity (VL) and shear wave velocity (VS) are affected depending on the concentration of hydrogen. Velocity ratio (VL/VS) changes as per the concentrations of hydrogen in different locations along the length of pressure tube. A hydride blister which forms at the pressure tube and calandria tube contact point is a distinct zone containing hydrogen 2-3 order of magnitude more than the parent matrix and hence, can be detected by sharp change in velocity ratio. (author)

  5. Ultrasonic colour Doppler imaging

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    Evans, David H.; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt; Nielsen, Michael Bachmann

    2011-01-01

    Ultrasonic colour Doppler is an imaging technique that combines anatomical information derived using ultrasonic pulse-echo techniques with velocity information derived using ultrasonic Doppler techniques to generate colour-coded maps of tissue velocity superimposed on grey-scale images of tissue ...

  6. Characteristics of artifacts in two kinds of multi detector-row CT. An examination of the angle dependence for a slice plane

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    We examined using the phantom whether there would be the tendency of artifact generated by Multi Detector-row CT (MD-CT) and the angle dependence between artifact and the structure to a slice side. In addition whether it is artifact peculiar to MD-CT with use of Single Detector-row CT. Even if images are obtained by pith-up, to set the thin collimation is one of the methods reduce artifact. When we take clinical usefulness into consideration the images cannot be obtain by sufficient S/N ratio, duration of respiratory suspension and more thin-section. It is necessary to carry out further experiment and examinations obtain images into consideration. (author)

  7. Pre and post garter spring repositioning ultrasonic inspection of pressure tubes

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    This paper present a description of the ultrasonic cracked hydride blister detections system used for pre and post inspection of pressure tubes during garter spring repositioning in CNE (Embalse Nuclear Power Station). Ultrasonic system setup configuration, transducers characteristics, blister detection head, calibration of parameters, operating procedure, records of ultrasonic inspections and evaluation. (author)

  8. Ultrasonic Flowmeter for JSFR

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    The piping materials of the Japan Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) at the commercialized stage, will be ferromagnetic materials Mod. 9-Cr steel. Therefore, it is not feasible to adopt the electromagnetic flowmeters used in conventional FBR plants. This paper describes the developmental status of the ultrasonic flowmeter system (USFM) as a substitute flow rate measurement system for JSFR. The features of the USFM are the following; - In consideration of the double wall piping structure of JSFR, ultrasonic transducers should be installed directly on the surface of the inner primary coolant piping. Therefore, the transducers should work properly under 395 oC at the rated power, and be replaced by a remote replacement system. - The transducer remote replacement system should maintain the air tightness between the inner primary coolant piping and the outer piping during the normal plant operation, apply appropriate pressure to the transducers against the inner primary coolant piping, and replace the transducers without removing the outer piping under the maitenance outage. - The multi-pass propagation time method is effective for detection of the flow rate in the short entrance region (in the short straight piping). The requirements of the signal processor are the following; Linearity and repeatability of the output signal : ± 2% or less of full scale; Fluctuation rate of the output signal : ± 5% or less of the median; Response : 0.3 s or less. - The USFM is designed as one of the safety protection system. (author)

  9. Ultrasonic flowmeter for JSFR

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    The piping materials of the Japan Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR) at the commercialized stage, will be ferromagnetic materials Mod. 9-Cr steel.Therefore, it is not feasible to adopt the electromagnetic flowmeters used in conventional FBR plants. This paper describes the developmental status of the ultrasonic flowmeter system (USFM) as a substitute flow rate measurement system to JSFR. The features of the USFM are the following; In consideration of the double wall piping structure on JSFR, ultrasonic transducers should be installed directly on the surface of the inner primary coolant pipe. Therefore, the transducers should work properly under the temperature of 395 degrees Cat the rated power, and be replaced by remote replacement system; The transducer remote exchange system should maintain with air tightness between the inner primary coolant piping and the outer piping during the normal plant operation, apply appropriate pressure to the transducers against the inner primary coolant piping, and exchange the transducers without removing the outer piping under the maintenance outage; Multi-pass propagation time method is effective for detection of flow rate in the short entrance region (e.g. in the short straight piping) and the requirements of the signal processing equipment are the following; Linearity and repeatability of output signal : less than± 2% of Full Scale; Fluctuation rate of output signal : less than ± 5% of median; Response : less than 0.3 s; The USFM is designed as one of the Safety Protection System

  10. Ultrasonic Evaluation and Imaging

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    Crawford, Susan L.; Anderson, Michael T.; Diaz, Aaron A.; Larche, Michael R.; Prowant, Matthew S.; Cinson, Anthony D.

    2015-10-01

    Ultrasonic evaluation of materials for material characterization and flaw detection is as simple as manually moving a single-element probe across a speci-men and looking at an oscilloscope display in real time or as complex as automatically (under computer control) scanning a phased-array probe across a specimen and collecting encoded data for immediate or off-line data analyses. The reliability of the results in the second technique is greatly increased because of a higher density of measurements per scanned area and measurements that can be more precisely related to the specimen geometry. This chapter will briefly discuss applications of the collection of spatially encoded data and focus primarily on the off-line analyses in the form of data imaging. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been involved with as-sessing and advancing the reliability of inservice inspections of nuclear power plant components for over 35 years. Modern ultrasonic imaging techniques such as the synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT), phased-array (PA) technolo-gy and sound field mapping have undergone considerable improvements to effec-tively assess and better understand material constraints.

  11. Ultrasonic study of adhesive bond quality at a steel-to-rubber interface by using quadrature phase detection techniques

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    Smith, A. C.; Yang, H.

    1989-01-01

    The quadrature phase detection technique was used to simultaneously monitor the phase and amplitude of a toneburst signal normally reflected from an adhesively bonded steel-to-rubber interface. The measured phase was found to show a positive shift for all bonded samples with respect to the disbonded state - the phase shift being larger for samples with weaker bonds, as manifested by smaller values of applied tensile loads at failure. A model calculation, which incorporates the concept of interfacial strength into the usual problem of wave propagation in multilayered media, was used to deduce a bond-quality parameter from an experimentally measured phase shift. This bond-quality parameter was found to be correlated with the tensile strength of the adhesive bonds at failure loads.

  12. Ultrasonic Microtransport

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    Moroney, Richard Morgan, III

    We have observed numerous kinetic effects using ultrasonic flexural plate waves (FPWs) in 4mu -thick composite plates of low-stress silicon nitride, piezoelectric zinc oxide and aluminum. The wavelength is typically 100 mum, and the area 3 x 8 mm^2. A successful new surface micromachining fabrication process is presented here for the first time. FPWs have been used to move liquids and gasses with motion typically indicated by polysilicon blocks in air and polystyrene spheres in water; the velocity in air is 4.5 mm/s (with a zero-to-peak input of 3 V), and in water it is 100 mum/s (with an input of 7.8 V). Other observations include pumping of a liquid dye, and mixing near the FPW surface. All quantitative observations demonstrate that the kinetic effects of FPWs are proportional to the square of the wave amplitude. The amplitude for a typical device is 250 A at 9 V input; the power in a typical FPW is about 2 mW. The amplitude can be accurately measured using a laser diffraction technique. Experimental error is about +/-10%, and many of the results agree well with a simple theory to predict the FPW amplitude; extensions of the theory model the fluid loading of FPW devices, but experiment and theory disagree by about 15%. Pumping by flexural plate waves is an example of the phenomenon known as acoustic streaming. A common solution approach is the method of successive approximations, where the nonlinear equations are first linearized and solved. This "first-order" solution is then used to determine the inhomogeneous source terms in the linearized, "second -order" equations of motion. Theoretical predictions of streaming theory are in excellent agreement with experiment in the case where the FPW device contacts a half-space of fluid; predictions for flow in small channels encourage the development of integrated micropumps. Applications for microflow include thermal redistribution in integrated circuits and liquid movement in analytical instruments--particularly where

  13. 钢管超声波自动探伤控制装置的研制与应用%Development and Application of Ultrasonic Automatic Flaw Detection Control Device for Steel Pipe

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    常少文; 杨彤

    2012-01-01

    In this article, it analyzed structure and implement proposal of ultrasonic automatic flaw detection control device, as well as its application in steel pipe inspection. This device utilizes unitization and modular structure design to ensure stable extraction of control signal and echo signal, accuracy and high efficiency of continuous automatic flaw detection. The application results showed that this device possesses some advantages, such as high automation degree, running fast, good compatibility, versatility, and so on. It improved accuracy and reliability of ultrasonic automatic flaw detection, achieved misinformation rate is less than 2%, missing rate is zero, which meets production requirements of ultrasonic automatic detection for steel pipe.%分析了超声波自动探伤控制装置的组成结构、实施方案以及在钢管检测中的应用情况.该超声波自动探伤控制装置采用单元化和模块化结构设计,保证了控制信号、回波信号的稳定提取以及连续自动化探伤检测的准确性和高效率.实际使用结果表明,该装置具有自动化程度高,运行节拍快,兼容性及通用性良好等特点.该装置的使用提高了超声波自动检测的准确性和可靠性,做到了误判率小于2%,漏检率为0,满足了钢管超声波自动检测的生产要求.

  14. Detection and Recognition of Aluminums Alloy Stress Corrosion Crack by Ultrasonic Thermal Wave Method%基于超声热波方法的铝合金应力腐蚀裂纹检测与识别

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    金国锋; 张炜; 杨正伟; 田干; 黄智勇

    2013-01-01

    针对飞行器结构中应力腐蚀裂纹的快速高效检测需求,采用超声红外热波方法进行了检测试验研究.在改进WOL铝合金材料应力腐蚀裂纹试件上,改变超声激励位置在裂纹尖端延伸方向并沿裂纹接触面的切线方向上、在裂纹尖端延伸方向并垂直于裂纹接触面上以及在试件开口延伸方向并垂直于裂纹接触面上,获得了不同激励位置下试件的表面温度场分布,通过提取裂纹方向上的线温,实现了对裂纹的定量识别.结果表明:超声红外热波技术能够快速准确地检测到铝合金应力腐蚀裂纹,将超声波激励源布置在裂纹尖端延伸方向并垂直于裂纹接触面上时,能够更好地激发裂纹缺陷.%For the needs of fast and efficient detection of stress corrosion crack in aircraft structure, the ultrasonic infrared thermal wave method was applied for the detection research. An improved aluminum alloy WOL stress crack specimen was detected by changing the ultrasonic excitation position respectively at the crack tip extension direction that along the crack surface tangential direction, at the crack tip extension direction and perpendicular to the crack contact surface, and at the crack hatch extension direction and perpendicular to the crack contact surface, obtained the surface temperature distribution of the specimen under different excitation positions. The crack was quantitatively identified by picking-up and anglicizing the line temperature along the crack direction. The results show that; the ultrasonic thermal wave method can quickly and accurately detected aluminum alloy stress corrosion crack, and the crack can be better detected by locating the ultrasonic excitation at the crack tip extension direction and perpendicular to the crack contact surface.

  15. Ultrasonic testing of materials at level 2

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    Ultrasonic inspection is a nondestructive method in which high frequency sound waves are introduced into the material being inspected. Ultrasonic testing has a superior penetrating power to radiography and can detect flaws deep in the test specimen (say up to about 6 to 7 meters of steel). It is quite sensitive to small flaws and allows the precise determination of the location and size of the flaws. Basic ultrasonic test methods such as the through transmission method and the resonance method, sensors and testing techniques are described. Pulse echo type flaw detectors and their applications for inspection of welds are surveyed. Ultrasonic standards, calibration of the equipment and evaluation methods are presented. Examples of practical applications in welding, casting and forging processes are given. Figs and tabs

  16. Software Design and Application of Ultrasonic Automatic Flaw Detection System of Welded Steel Pipes%焊接钢管超声波自动探伤系统中的软件设计与应用

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    常少文

    2011-01-01

    The software design of pipe ultrasonic automatic flaw detection system, and its application on welded steel pipes production were introduced. It combined traditional ultrasonic inspection technology with some advanced technologies, such as industrial control computer, virtual instrument, intelligent flaw detection, etc. With the careful programming flaw detection operation, it could evaluate correctly and select strictly for complex flaw echo, its error in alarm could be effectively avoided. The review of flaw echo waveform overcame insufficiency of flaw category identification in ultrasonic automatic inspection, and achieved misinformation rate being smaller than 2%, and fail to report rate being zero.%分析了焊接钢管超声波自动探伤系统的软件设计以及在焊接钢管检测中的应用状况.把传统的超声波检测技术和先进的工业控制计算机、虚拟仪器和智能化探伤等技术相结合,配合精心编制的探伤操作程序,可做到对复杂缺陷回波的准确评价和严格筛选,有效地避免了系统的误报警.缺陷波形回放功能克服了超声波自动探伤中的缺陷种类难以识别的不足,并做到误报率<2%,漏报率为0.

  17. Ultrasonic/Sonic Impacting Penetrators

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    Bao, Xiaoqi; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Chang, Zensheu; Sherrit, Stewart; Stark, Randall A.

    2008-01-01

    Ultrasonic/sonic impacting penetrators (USIPs) are recent additions to the series of apparatuses based on ultrasonic/sonic drill corers (USDCs). A USIP enables a rod probe to penetrate packed soil or another substance of similar consistency, without need to apply a large axial force that could result in buckling of the probe or in damage to some buried objects. USIPs were conceived for use in probing and analyzing soil to depths of tens of centimeters in the vicinity of buried barrels containing toxic waste, without causing rupture of the barrels. USIPs could also be used for other purposes, including, for example, searching for pipes, barrels, or other hard objects buried in soil; and detecting land mines. USDCs and other apparatuses based on USDCs have been described in numerous previous NASA Tech Briefs articles. The ones reported previously were designed, variously, for boring into, and/or acquiring samples of, rock or other hard, brittle materials of geological interest. To recapitulate: A USDC can be characterized as a lightweight, low-power, piezoelectrically driven jackhammer in which ultrasonic and sonic vibrations are generated and coupled to a tool bit. As shown in the figure, a basic USDC includes a piezoelectric stack, a backing and a horn connected to the stack, a free mass (free in the sense that it can slide axially a short distance between the horn and the shoulder of tool bit), and a tool bit, i.e., probe for USIP. The piezoelectric stack is driven at the resonance frequency of the stack/horn/backing assembly to create ultrasonic vibrations that are mechanically amplified by the horn. To prevent fracture during operation, the piezoelectric stack is held in compression by a bolt. The bouncing of the free mass between the horn and the tool bit at sonic frequencies generates hammering actions to the bit that are more effective for drilling than is the microhammering action of ultrasonic vibrations in ordinary ultrasonic drills. The hammering actions

  18. Computer Simulation of Multiple Reflection Waves for Thickness Measurement by Ultrasonic Spectroscopy

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    Ultrasonic spectroscopy is likely to become a very powerful NDE method for detection of microfects and thickness measurement of thin film below the limit of ultrasonic distance resolution in the opaque materials, provides a useful information that cannot be obtained by a conventional ultrasonic measuring system. In this paper, we considered a thin film below the limit of ultrasonic distance resolution sandwitched between two substances as acoustical analysis model, demonstrated the usefulness of ultrasonic spectroscopic analysis technique using information of ultrasonic frequency for measurements of thin film thickness, regardless of interference phenomenon and phase reversion of ultrasonic waveform. By using frequency intervals(Δf) of periodic minima from the ratio of reference power spectrum of reflective waveform obtained a sample to power spectrum of multiple reflective waves obtained interference phenomenon caused by ultrasonic waves reflected at the upper and lower surfaces of a thin layer, can measured even dimensions of interest are smaller than the ultrasonic wave length with simplicity and accuracy

  19. Hand Gesture Recognition Using Ultrasonic Waves

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    AlSharif, Mohammed Hussain

    2016-04-01

    Gesturing is a natural way of communication between people and is used in our everyday conversations. Hand gesture recognition systems are used in many applications in a wide variety of fields, such as mobile phone applications, smart TVs, video gaming, etc. With the advances in human-computer interaction technology, gesture recognition is becoming an active research area. There are two types of devices to detect gestures; contact based devices and contactless devices. Using ultrasonic waves for determining gestures is one of the ways that is employed in contactless devices. Hand gesture recognition utilizing ultrasonic waves will be the focus of this thesis work. This thesis presents a new method for detecting and classifying a predefined set of hand gestures using a single ultrasonic transmitter and a single ultrasonic receiver. This method uses a linear frequency modulated ultrasonic signal. The ultrasonic signal is designed to meet the project requirements such as the update rate, the range of detection, etc. Also, it needs to overcome hardware limitations such as the limited output power, transmitter, and receiver bandwidth, etc. The method can be adapted to other hardware setups. Gestures are identified based on two main features; range estimation of the moving hand and received signal strength (RSS). These two factors are estimated using two simple methods; channel impulse response (CIR) and cross correlation (CC) of the reflected ultrasonic signal from the gesturing hand. A customized simple hardware setup was used to classify a set of hand gestures with high accuracy. The detection and classification were done using methods of low computational cost. This makes the proposed method to have a great potential for the implementation in many devices including laptops and mobile phones. The predefined set of gestures can be used for many control applications.

  20. Strong spin-orbit coupling and Zeeman spin splitting in angle dependent magnetoresistance of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}

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    Dey, Rik, E-mail: rikdey@utexas.edu; Pramanik, Tanmoy; Roy, Anupam; Rai, Amritesh; Guchhait, Samaresh; Sonde, Sushant; Movva, Hema C. P.; Register, Leonard F.; Banerjee, Sanjay K. [Microelectronics Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78758 (United States); Colombo, Luigi [Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas 75243 (United States)

    2014-06-02

    We have studied angle dependent magnetoresistance of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin film with field up to 9 T over 2–20 K temperatures. The perpendicular field magnetoresistance has been explained by the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka theory alone in a system with strong spin-orbit coupling, from which we have estimated the mean free path, the phase coherence length, and the spin-orbit relaxation time. We have obtained the out-of-plane spin-orbit relaxation time to be small and the in-plane spin-orbit relaxation time to be comparable to the momentum relaxation time. The estimation of these charge and spin transport parameters are useful for spintronics applications. For parallel field magnetoresistance, we have confirmed the presence of Zeeman effect which is otherwise suppressed in perpendicular field magnetoresistance due to strong spin-orbit coupling. The parallel field data have been explained using both the contributions from the Maekawa-Fukuyama localization theory for non-interacting electrons and Lee-Ramakrishnan theory of electron-electron interactions. The estimated Zeeman g-factor and the strength of Coulomb screening parameter agree well with the theory. Finally, the anisotropy in magnetoresistance with respect to angle has been described by the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka theory. This anisotropy can be used in anisotropic magnetic sensor applications.

  1. 钢管超声波自动探伤横向扫查系统的改造%Reform to Steel Pipe Automatic Ultrasonic Flaw Detection Transverse Scanning

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    汪超; 张兴权; 刘胜斌

    2014-01-01

    通过分析某钢管公司目前钢管超声波自动探伤设备的配置和钢管在扩径后发现的缺陷类型,找出了钢管扩径后超声波自动检测时偶尔发现焊缝横向缺陷的原因,提出了对现有钢管超声波自动探伤横向扫查系统的改造措施,即改变了横向探头及探头架的布置,增加了检测监视的通道数量。改造后的检测系统可靠性高,操作简便,稳定性好,探伤人员容易掌握。通过对该自动探伤横向扫查的改造,降低了钢管缺陷漏检的风险,提高了生产效率。%Through analysis on the configuration of steel pipe automatic ultrasonic flaw detection and defects type after pipe expansion in some steel pipe company,it got the reason of weld transverse defects occasionally found out during automatic ultrasonic inspection after pipe expansion,and put forward the reform measures of the existing automatic ultrasonic inspection transverse scanning. That is varying the arrangement of transverse probes and probe frame,adding monitor channel quantity. After reform,the testing system is with high reliability,simple operation,good stability,and the inspection personnel easy to master. The reforms decrease the risk of steel pipe missing detection,and enhance the productivity.

  2. Advance ultrasonic instrumentation and sensor for tubing industries

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    For thin wall tubing specially in nuclear industry, there are number of institutes/industries provides dimension and flaw detection ultrasonic units. However, full dimension information, for example average ID, OD, wall thickness, true ID, OD, wall thickness, ovality and eccentricity etc. is not available. The paper discusses the state-of-the-art Ultrasonic System and Sensor and its application in tubing industries

  3. On-site materials testing using digital ultrasonic test instruments

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    Ultrasonic instruments have a wide range of applications in nondestructive materials testing, e.g. in wall or sheet thickness measurements, in measurements of the anisotropy or the external stresses of materials, and especially in detecting flaws, e.g. pores, bubbles, slag inclusions, etc. Details of an ultrasonic measuring instrument are presented. (orig./HP)

  4. An application of ultrasonic phased array imaging in electron beam welding inspection

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    周琦; 刘方军; 李志军; 李旭东; 齐铂金

    2002-01-01

    The basic principle and features of ultrasonic phased array imaging are discussed in this paper. Through the ultrasonic phased array technology, the electron beam welding defects and frozen keyholes characterization and imaging were realized. The ultrasonic phased array technology can detect kinds of defects in electron beam welding (EBW) quickly and easily.

  5. Standard practice for leaks using ultrasonics

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    2011-01-01

    1.1 Practice A, Pressurization—This practice covers procedures for calibration of ultrasonic instruments, location, and estimated measurements of gas leakage to atmosphere by the airborne ultrasonic technique. 1.2 In general practice this should be limited to leaks detected by two classifications of instruments, Class I and Class II. Class I instruments should have a minimum detectable leak rate of 6.7 × 10−7 mol/s (1.5 × 10−2 std. cm3/s at 0°C) or more for the pressure method of gas leakage to atmosphere. Class II instruments should have a minimal detectable leak rate of 6.7 × 10−6 mol/s (1.5 × 10−1 std. cm3/s at 0°C) or more for the pressure method of gas leakage to atmosphere. Refer to Guide E432 for additional information. 1.3 Practice B, Ultrasonic Transmitter—For object under test not capable of being pressurized but capable of having ultrasonic tone placed/injected into the test area to act as an ultrasonic leak trace source. 1.3.1 This practice is limited to leaks producing leakage o...

  6. Ultrasonic inspection of inpile tubes

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    The in-service inspection (ISI) of inpile tubes can be performed accurately and safely with a semiautomatic ultrasonic inspection system. The ultrasonic technique uses a set of multiple transducers to detect and size cracks, voids, and laminations radially and circumferentially. Welds are also inspected for defects. The system is designed to inspect stainless steel and Inconel tubes ranging from 53.8 mm (2.12 in.) to 101.6 mm (4 in.) inner diameter with wall thickness on the order of 5 mm. The inspection head contains seven transducers mounted in a surface-following device. Six angle-beam transducers generate shear waves in the tubes. Two of the six are oriented to detect circumferential cracks, and two detect axial cracks. Although each of these four transducers is used in the pulse-echo mode, they are oriented in aligned sets so pitch-catch operation is possible if desired. The remaining angle-beam transducers are angulated to detect flaws that are off axial or circumferential orientation. The seventh transducer is used for longitudinal inspection and detects and sizes laminar-type defects

  7. Towards monomaterial p-n junctions: Single-step fabrication of tin oxide films and their non-destructive characterisation by angle-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Krzywiecki, Maciej, E-mail: Maciej.Krzywiecki@polsl.pl [Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Düsseldorf (Germany); Institute of Physics–CSE, Silesian University of Technology, Konarskiego 22B, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Sarfraz, Adnan; Erbe, Andreas [Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Düsseldorf (Germany)

    2015-12-07

    The application of a non-destructive method for characterization of electronic structure of an ultra-thin SnO{sub 1angle dependent XPS, we quantified stoichiometry changes inside the SnO{sub 1detected upward energy levels shift in the substrate's electronic structure, these results suggest a negative charge displacement across the SiO{sub 2} layer. As a consequence, there is a significant carrier concentration gradient in the layer, from a nearly insulating oxide at the SnO{sub x} surface to a semiconducting one at the bottom of the SnO{sub x} film. The results showed that the application of a simple and cost-effective method allows tuning the materials' properties towards the one-step fabrication of materials with ambipolar doping.

  8. Nondestructive evaluation of a cermet coating using ultrasonic and eddy current techniques

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    This paper describes a series of experiments conducted to characterize cermet coatings using conventional ultrasonic and eddy current techniques as well as an ultrasonic leaky surface wave method. The results demonstrate the ability of these techniques to detect the presence of artificial defects on the surface or beneath the surface of the coating. In addition, ultrasonic tests in particular ultrasonic leaky surface waves demonstrate the ability to detect the presence of manufacturing flaws. Ultrasonic time-of-flight and eddy current quadrature measurements also show sensitivity to variations in coating thickness

  9. Proceedings of the specialists' meeting on reliability of the ultrasonic inspection of austenitic materials

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    The contributions of this meeting addressed several topics: the fundamentals of ultrasonic examination of austenitic materials (effect of anisotropy on propagation, improvement of ultrasonic testing to thick bimetallic welds, aspects of the ultrasonic testing of austenitic steel structures, utilization of a Fisher linear discriminant function in intergranular stress corrosion cracking or IGSCC detection, case of coarse grain austenitic welds, efforts of the Argonne National Laboratory), instruments and methods (longitudinal wave ultrasonic inspection, Grass echo suppression technique during the ultrasonic inspection of fuel cladding tubes, inspections of fillet and butt welds, improvement by signal averaging techniques, multiple bearing angle crack detector for cladded pipes examinations, flow-to-grain echo enhancement by split-spectrum processing, ultrasonic imaging techniques, ultrasonic inspection of pipe weldments for IGSCC), industrial practice (ultrasonic testing techniques for fabrication and in-service inspection, experiences in ultrasonic examination of austenitic steel components, experience and practice on nuclear piping in Spain, detection of underclad defects, sizing of cracks perpendicular to stainless overlay), and reliability (survey of ultrasonic testing in austenitic weld material, examination of electron beam welds, factors affecting the reliability of ultrasonic examination, detectability of IGSCC, ultrasonic inspection reliability for primary piping systems)

  10. Ultrasonic assisted-ECAP.

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    Djavanroodi, F; Ahmadian, H; Koohkan, K; Naseri, R

    2013-08-01

    Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) is one of the most prominent procedures for achieving ultra-fine grain (UFG) structures among the various severe plastic deformation (SPD) techniques. In this study, the effect of ultrasonic vibration on deformation behavior of commercial pure aluminum in the ECAP process is analyzed successfully using three dimensional (3D) by finite element methods (FEMs). The investigation includes the effects of die geometry, billet length, friction factor, ram speed, ultrasonic amplitude and ultrasonic frequency. Conventional as well as ultrasonic ECAP has been performed on aluminium 1070 alloy and the obtained data were used for validating simulations. It is observed that a 13% reduction in the average force was achieved when ultrasonic vibration with amplitude of 2.5 μm at 20 kHz is applied. Also, further reduction in ECAP forming forces are obtained with increase of vibration amplitude, vibration frequency, friction factor, billet length and die channel angle. PMID:23523093

  11. Ultrasonic assisted-ECAP.

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    Djavanroodi, F; Ahmadian, H; Koohkan, K; Naseri, R

    2013-08-01

    Equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) is one of the most prominent procedures for achieving ultra-fine grain (UFG) structures among the various severe plastic deformation (SPD) techniques. In this study, the effect of ultrasonic vibration on deformation behavior of commercial pure aluminum in the ECAP process is analyzed successfully using three dimensional (3D) by finite element methods (FEMs). The investigation includes the effects of die geometry, billet length, friction factor, ram speed, ultrasonic amplitude and ultrasonic frequency. Conventional as well as ultrasonic ECAP has been performed on aluminium 1070 alloy and the obtained data were used for validating simulations. It is observed that a 13% reduction in the average force was achieved when ultrasonic vibration with amplitude of 2.5 μm at 20 kHz is applied. Also, further reduction in ECAP forming forces are obtained with increase of vibration amplitude, vibration frequency, friction factor, billet length and die channel angle.

  12. Ultrasonic non invasive techniques for microbiological instrumentation

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    Elvira, L.; Sierra, C.; Galán, B.; Resa, P.

    2010-01-01

    Non invasive techniques based on ultrasounds have advantageous features to study, characterize and monitor microbiological and enzymatic reactions. These processes may change the sound speed, viscosity or particle distribution size of the medium where they take place, which makes possible their analysis using ultrasonic techniques. In this work, two different systems for the analysis of microbiological liquid media based on ultrasounds are presented. In first place, an industrial application based on an ultrasonic monitoring technique for microbiological growth detection in milk is shown. Such a system may improve the quality control strategies in food production factories, being able to decrease the time required to detect possible contaminations in packed products. Secondly, a study about the growing of the Escherichia coli DH5 α in different conditions is presented. It is shown that the use of ultrasonic non invasive characterization techniques in combination with other conventional measurements like optical density provides complementary information about the metabolism of these bacteria.

  13. Effect of decision making on ultrasonic examination performance

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    A decision aid was developed to overcome examiner limitations in information processing and decision making during ultrasonic examinations. The aid provided a means of noting signal characteristics as they were observed during the examination, and of presenting them simultaneously for decision making. The aid also served as a way of providing detailed feedback on examination performance during training. The aid was incorporated into worksheets used for the conduct of practice examinations during ultrasonic examination training. To support the introduction and use of the decision aid, one hour of supplementary training was inserted in an existing 64-hour training course on ultrasonic detection of defects. This study represented a modest step in improving the performance of ultrasonic examinations in nuclear power plants. Findings indicated that aided decision making supported by limited training can significantly improve ultrasonic detection performance

  14. 大直径直缝双面埋弧焊管超声波检测质量控制%Ultrasonic Detection Quality Control for Large Diameter Longitudinal Weld Double-side Submerged arc Welded Pipe

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    汪超; 王成; 刘胜斌; 金博; 范锋

    2015-01-01

    Aiming at technology requirements of relevant welded pipe standards used for petroleum and gas pipeline project, in this article, it respectively provided probe display, sensitivity setting and specific detection methods of all kinds of defects in ultrasonic detection of steel plate and welded pipe. The type characteristics of various defects existing in the steel and welded pipe type were analyzed;the special probes used in ultrasonic detection were designed. It also introduced acceptance standard and application method. The usage of dedicated probes and special probes increased online detection efficiency, reduced material wastage, and ensured welded pipe quality.%针对天然气管道工程用焊管相关标准的技术要求,分别给出了钢板和焊管超声波检测时的探头布置、灵敏度设置及各类缺陷的具体检测方法。分析了钢板或焊管中存在的各种缺陷的类型特征,设计了超声波检测时所用的专用探头和特殊探头。介绍了焊管生产过程中超声波检测的验收标准和特殊探头的使用方法。应用结果表明,专用探头和特殊探头的使用,提高了焊管在线检测效率,降低了材料损耗,确保了焊管产品质量。

  15. Estimation of Postmortem Interval by Detecting Thickness of Cornea Using Ultrasonic Method%超声法测量角膜厚度推断死亡时间

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    吕国丽; 姜富学; 许心舒; 蒋拥军; 李志刚; 王欣; 石河; 余礼聪; 许传超

    2012-01-01

    目的 用超声法测量角膜厚度,探索其死后变化规律.方法 11只家兔随机分为两组,分别为角膜上皮完整组及去角膜上皮组.后者采用机械刮除法去除角膜上皮.利用超声测厚仪连续监测两组动物的死后多个时间点的角膜厚度,并对角膜厚度变化与死亡时间进行相关回归分析.结果 超声法测量角膜上皮完整组死后兔角膜厚度的变化值与死亡时间呈非线性相关,且具有较强的相关性,相关系数为0.922,而去角膜上皮组的相关系数为0.822.结论 超声法测量角膜厚度对推断早期死亡时间具有较可靠的应用前景.完整的角膜上皮对于超声测量角膜厚度具有关键作用.%Objective To explore the postmortem changes of cornea thickness measured by ultrasonic pachymetry. Methods Eleven rabbits were randomly divided into two groups: one group with intact corneal epithelium and another group without intact corneal epithelium. In the later group, the corneal epithelium of the rabbit was scraped using mechanical elimination method. The corneal thickness was monitored continuously by ultrasonic pachymetry at several postmortem interval points in rabbits of the two groups. The changes of corneal thickness and postmortem interval were explored by relative regression analysis. Results The thickness of the cornea showed a strong non-linear correlation with the postmortem interval in the group with intact corneal epithelium. The group with intact corneal epithelium showed the correlation coefficient 0.922 and the group without intact corneal epithelium showed the correlation coefficient 0.822, respectively. Conclusion The corneal thickness measured by ultrasonic pachymetry shows a potential value for estimating early postmortem interval. The intact corneal epithelium is a crucial factor for the measurement of cornea thickness by ultrasonic pachymetry.

  16. A remote and autonomous continuous monitoring ultrasonic system for flood detection in sub-sea members of offshore steel oil rigs

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    Mijarez-Castro, Rito

    2006-07-01

    This thesis presents a novel and autonomous continuous monitoring system for flood detection in the hollow sub-sea members of offshore steel oil rigs. The technique offers an alternative to underwater nondestructive testing methods based on ultrasound and x-rays, which have been used to detect the presence of seawater in these applications, often with divers or remote operating vehicles. The research consists of theoretical and experimental work necessary for the development of an integral system that can be used in new fixed offshore oil rig designs. The system employs a single piezoelectric transducer which can be permanently attached to the inner wall of every sub-sea structure and which is powered by a normally inert seawater battery. Upon activation, the sensor transmits ultrasonic chirp or tone encoded pulses in the range of 21 k Hz to 42 k Hz, to a monitoring system at deck level for decoding and identifying flooded members. Two approaches to the system were considered during the investigation, depending on the communication channel exploited. These were based on either using the seawater as a propagation medium or using the steel structure as a wave-guide. A system based on theoretical models was built and field experiments were conducted using a purpose built jointed steel pipe structure, 7 m in length, 0.5 m in diameter and 16 mm in thickness. This structure was flooded by complete immersion in seawater. Results obtained using water as communication medium and a frequency in the order of 38 k Hz yielded an attenuation figure of 0.4 d B m{sub -}1 over 100 m, since losses were predominantly geometric. In contrast, using the tubular structure as a wave-guide and axis symmetric guided waves as the excitation, a gross attenuation figure of 1.3 d B m{sub -}1 was attained. In the straight parts of the structure, the attenuation ranged from 0.3 d B m{sub -} 1 to 0.6 d B m{sub -}1. The modes most likely to have been excited within the structure were L(0,5) - L(0

  17. Ultrasonic materials characterization

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    Smith, R. L.

    1987-02-01

    The National NDT Center at Harwell has been developing methods for the characterization of materials using ultrasonics. This paper reviews the progress made in applying ultrasonic attenuation measurements to the determination of such quantities as grain size and dislocation content. A method, ultrasonic attenuation spectral analysis, has been developed, which enables the contributions of scattering and absorption to the total attenuation to be separated. The theoretical advances that have been made are also described. Some of the practical applications of the technique are illustrated and future development discussed.

  18. Ultrasonic liquid level detector

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    Kotz, Dennis M.; Hinz, William R.

    2010-09-28

    An ultrasonic liquid level detector for use within a shielded container, the detector being tubular in shape with a chamber at its lower end into which liquid from in the container may enter and exit, the chamber having an ultrasonic transmitter and receiver in its top wall and a reflector plate or target as its bottom wall whereby when liquid fills the chamber a complete medium is then present through which an ultrasonic wave may be transmitted and reflected from the target thus signaling that the liquid is at chamber level.

  19. Ultrasonic synthetic aperture imaging of defects

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    Current reactor systems have been generally designed with limited facility for in-service inspection. Where ultrasonic crack detection and sizing techniques have been applied they appear to be functioning adequately. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a modification to conventional ultrasonic defect sizing which yields acoustic measurements of the dimensions of the defect in its plane parallel to the inspection surface. The technique retains the simplicity of a single probe to collect data, but achieves the effect of multidepth focussing by a particular signal processing procedure. The subject is discussed under the headings: ultrasonic focussing procedures; the basic principle of linear synthetic aperture focussing; the mechanics of the system; the capability of the system; comments and conclusion. (U.K.)

  20. Monitoring Thermal Coagulation with Ultrasonic Textures

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    YANG Wei; ZHANG Su; CHEN Ya-zhu; CHEN Lei; HU Bing; MA Wei-yin

    2007-01-01

    The feasibility of using B-mode ultrasound image textures and pattern recognition technique to characterize the thermal coagulation in vitro during radiofrequency ablation was investigated.The changes of ultrasonic textures in the different regions of samples varied with the heating time in the in-vitro experiments, which would result in that the coagulated and noncoagulated regions of tissue had different ultrasonic textures.Using support vector machine to extract the ultrasonic texture features and characterize the state of tissue, the size and boundaries of thermal lesions could be detected and measured more exactly than only using the gray scale information of B-mode ultrasound image.The proposed method would be applied to the image-guided radiofrequency ablation (IGRA) procedure for monitoring the thermal coagulation.

  1. Fundamentals of Medical Ultrasonics

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    Postema, Michiel

    2011-01-01

    This book sets out the physical and engineering principles of acoustics and ultrasound as used for medical applications. It covers the basics of linear acoustics, wave propagation, non-linear acoustics, acoustic properties of tissue, transducer components, and ultrasonic imaging modes, as well as the most common diagnostic and therapeutic applications. It offers students and professionals in medical physics and engineering a detailed overview of the technical aspects of medical ultrasonic imaging, whilst serving as a reference for clinical and research staff.

  2. Metalworking with ultrasonic energy

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    Sonea, I.; Minca, M.

    1974-01-01

    The application of ultrasonic radiation for metal working of steel is discussed. It is stated that the productivity of the ultrasonic working is affected by the hardness of the material to be worked, the oscillation amplitude, the abrasive temperature, and the grain size. The factors that contribute to an increase in the dislocation speed are analyzed. Experimental data are provided to substantiate the theoretical parameters.

  3. 基于超声波的室内移动机器人贴地障碍物检测%Ultrasonic Detection to the Obstacles Clung to Ground for Indoor Mobile Robots

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    张海鹰; 王昉

    2012-01-01

    The indoor mobile robots systems always ignore the low obstacles which clung to ground while don't really hinder the robot. In order to enhance the stability of driving for the robots, a special ultrasonic ranging system is put forward to detect the obstacles cling to ground. Design requirements of such systems are analyzed, and realization methods are summarized.%通常的室内移动机器人系统,往往忽视环境中存在的贴近地面、但并不阻碍机器人行驶的低矮障碍物。为增强机器人行驶的稳定性,提出了专门用于检测贴地障碍物的超声波测距系统,并分析总结了此类系统的设计要求与实现方法。

  4. ULTRASONIC ASSEMBLY [REVIEW

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper exposes the possibility of machine producesers to optimize the costs of clothes assembling. Ultrasonic systems being frequently utilized have many advantages on semi products of synthetic textile and technical textile. First of all, sewing – cutting process can be accomplished under high speeds and rate of losses can be minimized. Cutting seal applications are frequently used for underwear and sportswear. Slicing and unit cutting machines, as well as portable sealing machines are available for labeling sector. Products such as bag, pocket and cover can be sewed in a seamless manner for promotion purposes. All objects in terms of accessories are obtained in same standard. Our quilting machines are preferred in worldwide due to its threadless, high quality sealing. An alternative to the classic sewing assembly, with thread and needles is ultrasonic seaming. In ultrasonic welding, there are no connective bolts, nails, soldering materials, or adhesives necessary to bind the materials together. Ultrasonic is defined as acoustic frequencies above the range audible to the human ear. Ultrasonic frequencies are administered to the fabric from the sonotrode of bonding machine. The high frequency and powerful energy produced, when is release in one special environment, the ultrasound heating this environment. The ability to ultrasonic weld textiles and films depend on their thermoplastic contents and the desired end results. The paper defines the weld ability of more common textiles and films. The welding refers to all types of bonding and sealing, as in point bonding of fabric, or continuous sealing of film.

  5. The Development and Modelling of a Novel Clamp-on Ultrasonic-Thermal and Ultrasonic Multiple Reflection Flowmeter for Liquid Applications.

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    Law, Masa

    1994-01-01

    The development of a novel combined "ultrasonic/thermal" with "ultrasonic multiple reflections" clamp-on meter for measuring a wide flowrate range of clean liquids in small diameter pipes is presented. Current existing flowmeters based on ultrasound cannot measure very low flowrates for single phase liquids. The ultrasonic/thermal technique can measure single phase flows in the range 0 to 0.6 m s' in pipes with diameters as small as 15 mm. It can also detect and measure reverse...

  6. Ultrasonic Inspection Of Thick Sections

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    Friant, C. L.; Djordjevic, B. B.; O'Keefe, C. V.; Ferrell, W.; Klutz, T.

    1993-01-01

    Ultrasonics used to inspect large, relatively thick vessels for hidden defects. Report based on experiments in through-the-thickness transmission of ultrasonic waves in both steel and filament-wound composite cases of solid-fuel rocket motors.

  7. Ultrasonics in Dentistry

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    Walmsley, A. D.

    Ultrasonic instruments have been used in dentistry since the 1950's. Initially they were used to cut teeth but very quickly they became established as an ultrasonic scaler which was used to remove deposits from the hard tissues of the tooth. This enabled the soft tissues around the tooth to return to health. The ultrasonic vibrations are generated in a thin metal probe and it is the working tip that is the active component of the instrument. Scanning laser vibrometry has shown that there is much variability in their movement which is related to the shape and cross sectional shape of the probe. The working instrument will also generate cavitation and microstreaming in the associated cooling water. This can be mapped out along the length of the instrument indicating which are the active areas. Ultrasonics has also found use for cleaning often inaccessible or different surfaces including root canal treatment and dental titanium implants. The use of ultrasonics to cut bone during different surgical techniques shows considerable promise. More research is indicated to determine how to maximize the efficiency of such instruments so that they are more clinically effective.

  8. Cracks assessment using ultrasonic technology

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    Martinez, Maria Pia; Tomasella, Marcelo [OLDELVAL S.A. Oleoductos del Valle, Rio Negro (Argentina). Pipeline Integrity Dept.

    2005-07-01

    The goal of Oldelval Integrity Program is to prevent ruptures and leaks, developing strategies for a better handling of the integrity of our pipelines. In order to achieve it we have studied and modeled each process that involved in the integrity pipeline. Those processes are mainly based on defects reported by an internal inspection tool and supplied with field inspection and monitoring data. Years of evaluation, study and the continuous effort overturned towards a phenomenon that worries to the industry, as it is the SCC. Since 1998 up to 2004 SCC was included in the integrity program with some preventive maintenance programs. The accomplishment of the inspection based on ultrasound tools, is the culmination of years of evaluation and investigations supported by field digs and materials susceptibility. This paper describes Oldelval's results with ultrasonic crack detection tool, and how it can be reliably to detect SCC. (author)

  9. Ultrasonic diagnosis of neuroinfections in newborns and infants

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    The authors discuss the potentialities of the ultrasonic method in the diagnosis of brain involment in the newborns and infants with neuroinfections. Ultrasonic examination was carried out in 75 infants aged 4 days to 15 months. Fifteen infants suffered from specific neuroinfections that developed in utero the rest 60 developed inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system. Specific changes in the brain morphology were detected at the early stages of inflammatory processes of various origins. Ultrasonic examinations help identify the type of the pathologic process, its dissemination and complications

  10. Practical considerations in ultrasonic wall thickness measurement

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    Ultrasonic inspection is widely used by industry for the detection of corrosion and the measurement of material wall thickness. Due to wall thinning and the various forms of corrosion that can be found in pressure piping and pressure vessels the annual cost of corrosion damage and related service failures, is very expensive. The author interest is primarily in the examination of personnel who need to become competent and certificated in the various skills that are required to carry out wall thickness measurement and detection of wall thinning due to corrosion. The various techniques and equipment available for ultrasonic wall thickness measurement and assessment give rise to problems regarding the accuracy of results and detection of corrosion. This paper will discuss some of the corrosion conditions that may occur and also problems that may arise during wall thickness measurement. Methods of improving the wall thickness measurement and the assessment process will also be discussed. (author)

  11. Artificial Intelligence Assists Ultrasonic Inspection

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    Schaefer, Lloyd A.; Willenberg, James D.

    1992-01-01

    Subtle indications of flaws extracted from ultrasonic waveforms. Ultrasonic-inspection system uses artificial intelligence to help in identification of hidden flaws in electron-beam-welded castings. System involves application of flaw-classification logic to analysis of ultrasonic waveforms.

  12. Ultrasonic Processing of Materials

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    Han, Qingyou

    2015-08-01

    Irradiation of high-energy ultrasonic vibration in metals and alloys generates oscillating strain and stress fields in solids, and introduces nonlinear effects such as cavitation, acoustic streaming, and radiation pressure in molten materials. These nonlinear effects can be utilized to assist conventional material processing processes. This article describes recent research at Oak Ridge National Labs and Purdue University on using high-intensity ultrasonic vibrations for degassing molten aluminum, processing particulate-reinforced metal matrix composites, refining metals and alloys during solidification process and welding, and producing bulk nanostructures in solid metals and alloys. Research results suggest that high-intensity ultrasonic vibration is capable of degassing and dispersing small particles in molten alloys, reducing grain size during alloy solidification, and inducing nanostructures in solid metals.

  13. Ultrasonic Characterization of Aerospace Composites

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    Leckey, Cara; Johnston, Patrick; Haldren, Harold; Perey, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Composite materials have seen an increased use in aerospace in recent years and it is expected that this trend will continue due to the benefits of reduced weight, increased strength, and other factors. Ongoing work at NASA involves the investigation of the large-scale use of composites for spacecraft structures (SLS components, Orion Composite Crew Module, etc). NASA is also involved in work to enable the use of composites in advanced aircraft structures through the Advanced Composites Project (ACP). In both areas (space and aeronautics) there is a need for new nondestructive evaluation and materials characterization techniques that are appropriate for characterizing composite materials. This paper will present an overview of NASA's needs for characterizing aerospace composites, including a description of planned and ongoing work under ACP for the detection of composite defects such as fiber waviness, reduced bond strength, delamination damage, and microcracking. The research approaches include investigation of angle array, guided wave, and phase sensitive ultrasonic methods. The use of ultrasonic simulation tools for optimizing and developing methods will also be discussed.

  14. Ultrasonic magnetic abrasive finishing

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    LU Ya-ping; MA Ji; ZHANG Jun-qiang; WANG Long-shan

    2006-01-01

    Put forward a new kind of polishing method, ultrasonic magnetic abrasive finishing (UMAF), and studied its mechanism of improving polishing efficiency. By analyzing all kind of forces acting on single abrasive particle in the polishing process and calculating the size of the composition of forces, get the conclusion that UMAF will enhance the efficiency of the normal magnetic abrasive finishing(MAF) due to the ultrasonic vibration increases the cutting force and depth. At last the idea of designing the UMAF system based on numerical control milling machine is put forward which is convenient to setup and will accelerate the practical application of MAF.

  15. Stress Evaluation and Model Validation Using Laser Ultrasonics

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    Dike, Jay J.; Lu, Wei-yang; Peng, Lawrence W.; Wang, James C. F.

    1999-02-01

    Rayleigh surface waves can be used to evaluate surface stresses and through-thickness stress gradients based on acoustoelasticity. Laser based ultrasonic techniques, which generate and detect surface waves, have the advantages of good spatial resolution and remote operation. The techniques have many potential applications. This is the final report of a LDRD project that is the first to exploit the benefits of laser ultrasonics for stress and stress gradient evaluation.

  16. Ultrasonic Measurement and Characterization of Liquid-Particle Flow

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    Wrobel, Barbara Maria

    2012-01-01

    This Ph.D. dissertation consists of primary and complementary studies. The primary studies comprise development of ultrasonic methodology for on-line ultrasonic measurement of liquid-particle flow, in terms simultaneous determination of average particle concentration and flow speed. Developed methodology is also useful for liquid-particle flow characterization, like detection of flow turbulence intensity, particle clustering, appearance of air bubbles as a third phase and for s...

  17. High performances simulation of ultrasonic fields for non destructive testing

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    Ultrasonic imaging is a commonly used method to detect and identify defects in a mechanical part in nuclear applications. For instance a common nuclear application is the inspection of steel pipes and nozzles. Nowadays massively parallel architectures enable the simulation of ultrasonic field emitted by a phased array transducer inspecting a part across a coupling medium. In this paper, regular field computation model will be discussed along its implementations on General Purpose Processors (GPP) and Graphic Processing Units (GPU). (authors)

  18. The Numerical Simulation Research for the Bend Tube Defects Detection Based on Ultrasonic Guided Wave%基于超声导波检测的弯管缺陷数值模拟研究

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    赵冬梅; 罗月迎; 贾传伟; 巫帅珍

    2015-01-01

    For the problem of bend tube defects detection , did some numerical simulation research for the bend tube defects detection based on ultrasonic guided wave testing by using finite element method .First of all, this paper built a 90 degrees bend model , and set double defects like different sizes and different distances in the bend model .Secondly , set the parameters of finite element calculation based on the ultra-sonic guided wave theory .Then, according to the calculation results , made a fitting curve of the influence of corrosion pit defect dimensional change in straight pipe to crack curve reflection coefficient in elbow , and the variation tendency curve of the reflection coefficient with the change of the distances between de -fects is made as well .The results show that when the size of the elbow defects remains constant , the re-flection coefficient decreases with the straight pipe flaw size increasing , and the changing relationship be-tween the reflection coefficient and the distance of the two defects can be ignored .These results have an application value for the bend tube degree of defects detection .%针对弯管缺陷检测的问题,利用有限元方法,对弯管缺陷超声导波检测进行数值模拟. 通过建立90°弯管模型,在弯管中设置不同尺寸以及不同距离的双缺陷,根据超声导波理论设置有限元计算的参数,由计算结果拟合出双缺陷中直管段腐蚀坑缺陷尺寸变化对弯头处裂纹缺陷反射系数的影响曲线以及缺陷间距离不同时反射系数的变化趋势曲线. 结果表明,当弯头处缺陷的尺寸不变时,其反射系数随直管段缺陷尺寸的变大而减小,两个缺陷间的反射系数与两缺陷间的距离变化关系可忽略不计. 研究结果对弯管缺陷程度检测有一定应用价值.

  19. 基于超声相控阵的轮辋探伤实证分析%Empirical analysis of the rim flaw detection based on ultrasonic phased array

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    杨洋; 王泽勇; 李金龙; 高晓蓉

    2012-01-01

    基于相控阵超声探伤技术,采用直射声束法对轮辋轴向缺陷试块中横孔的径向深度和轴向深度进行了检测,精确定位了横孔的位置,并通过AVG曲线法对缺陷的尺寸进行了定量评定和分析.实验结果表明,缺陷较浅则检测的误差波动较小、干扰波较少;缺陷较深则可能出现轮廓回波等非缺陷波,对缺陷回波的分析有较大影响;远场区的缺陷可以通过AVG曲线进行精确评定.%In this paper, direct sound beam method was used to detect the radial and axial depth of the transverse hole in the rim based on the ultrasonic flaw detection technology. The transverse hole was precisely orientated and the defect size was quantitatively evaluated by AVG curve. As the experiment showed, if the defect was shallow, the error fluctuation and interference wave were less. If the defect was deeper, non-defect wave like profile echo would appear, which would affect the analysis of the defect echo. Defects in far-field region could be accurately assessed through the AVG curve.

  20. Application of On-line Detection and Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement%在线监测与超声波测厚技术综合应用分析

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    刘忠友; 杨本立

    2011-01-01

    As the crude oil is becoming increasingly poor, the corrosion in the process units of refineries becomes increasingly severe. Several years'testing and practice of application of on-line corrosion detection and ultrasonic thickness measurement in the corrosion detection and protection of refinery process units has proven that the combination of the two techniques can effectively locate the potential hazard and ensure the safe and reliable operation of the units.%随着原油性质的日益劣化,炼油装置的防腐蚀形势越来越严峻。经过几年的摸索和实验,利用腐蚀在线监测与超声波测厚技术相结合的方法,对炼油装置的腐蚀情况进行监测和防护,可互相取长补短,并能有效排查装置安全隐患,保证装置安全平稳运行。

  1. Investigation of an integrated fiber laser sensor system in ultrasonic structural health monitoring

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    Wu, Qi; Okabe, Yoji

    2016-03-01

    Various optical fiber sensors have been utilized in structural health monitoring (SHM) to detect strain, temperature, and the ultrasonic guided wave, which is the main measurand discussed in this study. By leveraging existing ultrasonic optical fiber sensors based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) technique, we proposed a novel sensing concept in which the ultrasonic-induced Bragg wavelength shift was demodulated by an erbium fiber laser (EFL). The ultrasonic sensor and light source, i.e., an FBG and EFL, were seamlessly integrated into a fiber laser sensor system, in which the output power change directly represents the ultrasonic signal. In addition to discussing the theory behind the sensor, we focused on the applications and actual performance of the sensor, including sensitivity, bandwidth, and robustness, in practical ultrasonic SHM. We were able to constantly detect ultrasonic signals in the range of 25 °C-85 °C or simultaneously detect static measurands (temperature or strain) and ultrasonic signals by changing the position of the FBG where it is attached. Because of the diverse structures of the EFL and FBG, we created, investigated, and compared three sensing systems with different properties and advantages to find their most suitable applications and fully explore their maximum potential. In addition, the experimental results from these novel optical fiber sensors were compared to those from a conventional broadband PZT sensor. The results showed that the new sensor has some unique advantages, such as self-adjustable ultrasonic detection.

  2. Ultrasonic testing of reactive powder concrete.

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    Washer, Glenn; Fuchs, Paul; Graybeal, Benjamin A; Hartmann, Joseph Lawrence

    2004-02-01

    Concrete is a critical material for the construction of infrastructure facilities throughout the world. Traditional concretes consist of cement paste and aggregates ranging in size from 6 to 25 mm that form a heterogeneous material with substantial compressive strength and a very low tensile strength. Steel reinforcement is used to provide tensile strength for reinforced concrete structures and as a composite the material is useful for structural applications. A new material known as reactive powder concrete (RPC) is becoming available. It differs significantly from traditional concrete; RPC has no large aggregates, and contains small steel fibers that provide additional strength and, in some cases, can replace traditional steel reinforcement. Due to its high density and lack of aggregates, ultrasonic inspections at frequencies 10 to 20 times that of traditional concrete inspections are possible. This paper reports on the initial findings of research conducted to determine the applicability of ultrasonic testing techniques for the condition assessment of RPC. Pulse velocities for shear and longitudinal waves and ultrasonic measurement of the modulus of elasticity for RPC are reported. Ultrasonic crack detection for RPC also is investigated. PMID:15055809

  3. Ultrasonic sectional imaging for crack identification. Part 1. Confirmation test of essential factors for ultrasonic imaging

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    Since the first reports of inter-granular stress corrosion crack (IGSCC) in boiling water reactor (BWR) pipe in the 1970s, nuclear power industry has focused considerable attention on service induced crack detection and sizing using ultrasonic examination. In recent years, phased array systems, those reconstruct high quality flaw images at real time are getting to apply for crack detection and sizing. But because the price of phased array systems are expensive for inspection vendors, field application of phased array systems are limited and reliable ultrasonic imaging systems with reasonable price are expected. This paper will discuss cost effective ultrasonic equipment with sectional image (B-scan) presentation as the simplified imaging system for assisting ultrasonic examination personnel. To develop the simplified B-scan imaging system, the frequency characteristics of IGSCC echoes and neighboring geometry echoes such as base-metal to weld interface and inner surface of a pipe are studied. The experimental study confirmed the reflectors have different frequency characteristics and 2MHz is suitable to visualize IGSCC and 5MHz and higher frequency are suitable to reconstruct geometry images. The other study is the amplifier selection for the imaging system. To reconstruct images of IGSCC and geometry echoes, the ultrasonic imaging instrument with linear amplifier has to adjust gain setting to the target. On the other hand, the ultrasonic imaging instrument with logarithmic amplifier can collect and display wider dynamic range on a screen and this wider dynamic range are effective to visualize IGSCC and geometry echoes on a B-scan presentation at a time. (author)

  4. Ultrasonic Drilling and Coring

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph

    1998-01-01

    A novel drilling and coring device, driven by a combination, of sonic and ultrasonic vibration, was developed. The device is applicable to soft and hard objects using low axial load and potentially operational under extreme conditions. The device has numerous potential planetary applications. Significant potential for commercialization in construction, demining, drilling and medical technologies.

  5. Ultrasonic-test-equipment for rotation tubes

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    The paper describes specifications and the configuration of a ultrasonic equipment for the testing of spinning tubes. Specifications: - Flaw detection inside and outside (resolution of 5μm), Wa-1 thickness measurement (accuracy +- 1,5μ), inner diameter measurement (accuracy +- 20μ), On-Line data processing, equipment completely automatic controlled. The results concerning measurement accuracy, reproducibility and stability during test conditions are presented. (orig.)

  6. Design of Ultrasonic Detection System of Engineering Truck Loading Capacity Based on STC12C5A60S2 Microcontroller%基于超声波的STC12C5A60S2单片机的工程车装载量检测系统设计

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    冼子翔; 华斌

    2013-01-01

    Based on an effective non-contact ultrasonic distance measurement principle, uses STC12-C5A60S2 microcontroller controls ultrasonic module to launch ultrasonic beams, can not only get real-time detection of changes in truck loading, but also exclude the case of artificial shel-ter to make intelligent judgments on no-load and full load. The system uses ultrasonic modules to work in turn, the mode which ensures the system stability and reliability.%基于超声波有效的非接触式的测距原理,STC12C5A60S2单片机通过控制超声波模块发射超声波波束去实时检测工程车装载量的变化,并且能排除人为遮挡的情况下对工程车空载或者满载做出智能判断。该系统采用超声模块轮循的工作方式保证系统的稳定性和可靠性。

  7. Azimuthal-angle dependence of charged-pion-interferometry measurements with respect to 2$^{\\rm nd}$- and $3^{\\rm rd}$-order event planes in Au$+$Au collisions at $\\sqrt{s_{_{NN}}}=200$ GeV

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    Adare, A.; Afanasiev, S.; Aidala, C.; Ajitanand, N. N.; Akiba, Y; Al-Bataineh, H.; Alexander, J.; Aoki, K.; Aramaki, Y.; Atomssa, E. T.; Averbeck, R.; Awes, T. C.; Azmoun, B.; Babintsev, V.; Bai, M.

    2014-01-01

    Charged-pion-interferometry measurements were made with respect to the 2$^{\\rm nd}$- and 3$^{\\rm rd}$-order event plane for Au$+$Au collisions at $\\sqrt{s_{_{NN}}}=200$ GeV. A strong azimuthal-angle dependence of the extracted Gaussian-source radii was observed with respect to both the 2$^{\\rm nd}$- and 3$^{\\rm rd}$-order event planes. The results for the 2$^{\\rm nd}$-order dependence indicate that the initial eccentricity is reduced during the medium evolution, but not reversed in the final ...

  8. Development status of ultrasonic test techniques for cast stainless steel

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    Ultrasonic testing has been thought to be difficult to apply to cast stainless steel which is used as the material for the main coolant pipes in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). An ultrasonic testing technique using large aperture twin crystal transducers was developed in INSS for application to inspection of the main coolant pipes. The method was evaluated in an application to detect circumferential and axial defects in the cast stainless steel pipes. It was found that (1) the defects could be detected which had a depth that was so small that their evaluation was not required; and (2) depth sizing and length sizing of detected defects were also possible. (author)

  9. The technique of detecting the laser-ultrasonic vector displacement with a confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer waves in a plate

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    PAN Yongdong; QIAN Menglu

    2003-01-01

    Generally, a confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer is only able to detect the out-of-plane component of a displacement field; while the in-plane component often has the information about the material which cannot be found in this out-of-plane component. In this paper, based on a confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer set-up for detecting the out-of-plane component of a laser generated acoustic field, a technique is developed to detect both the out-of-plane and inplane displacement components simultaneously with a novel two-channel confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer.

  10. Research on reducing electromagnetic disturbance of laboratory-made ultrasonic detection devices%减小自制超声检测仪器电磁干扰研究

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    罗强龙; 韩庆邦; 王俊; 单鸣雷; 朱昌平

    2013-01-01

    为了尽量降低电磁干扰引起的测量误差,在分析了不同性质电磁干扰的基础上,以超声混凝土内裂纹检测实验为例,论述了立足实验室条件降低电磁干扰的一般方法.实验结果表明,综合采用这些方法能够有效降低电磁干扰,增强实验结果的可重复性.%Laboratory-made electronic devices are not possible to make an overall planning and design for electromagnetic shielding as well as the mature developed electronic products which are strictly based on industry standards. Therefore, it makes that the electromagnetic disturbance could affect the accuracy of experimental results. In order to minimize experimental data errors caused by electromagnetic disturbance, after analyzing different types of electromagnetic disturbances, this article designs a general method of reducing electromagnetic disturbance under laboratory conditions. The ultrasonic crack detection is used in concrete as an example. Then, experimental result shows that this approach could effectively reduce low-frequency electromagnetic disturbance, and enhance a strong repeatability of the experimental results.

  11. Flaw Determination and Evaluation of Ultrasonic Automatic Flaw Detection System for Welded Steel Pipes%焊接钢管超声波自动探伤中的缺陷相关评判方法

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    常少文; 吕育栋; 曹华勇; 田岩平; 刘常庆; 韩玉朝; 孙志敏

    2012-01-01

    分析了焊接钢管超声波自动探伤检测中的缺陷相关评判方法,配合编制的时间相关、位置相关、行为相关、特征相关、性质相关的5种相关法判伤软件程序,使自动化探伤系统具有了智能评判功能,可做到对复杂缺陷回波的准确评价和严格筛选,有效地避免了系统的误报警,可满足连续自动化探伤要求,并做到误报率〈2%,漏报率为0。%The flaw determination and evalution methods of ultrasonic automatic flaw detection examining on welded steel pipes are introduced. With the careful programming of time correlation, location correlation, behavior correlation, features correlation, and nature correlation together with related software program, the testing system thus has a smart judgment function to evaluate correctly and select strictly for complex flaw echo, and its error in alarm can be effectively avoided. So designed system was able to meet the continuous automation testing requirements and achieve misinformation rate smaller 2% and fail to report rate to 0.

  12. Cheese maturity assessment using ultrasonics.

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    Benedito, J; Carcel, J; Clemente, G; Mulet, A

    2000-02-01

    The relationship between Mahon cheese maturity and ultrasonic velocity was examined. Moisture and textural properties were used as maturity indicators. The ultrasonic velocity of the cheese varied between 1630 and 1740 m/s, increasing with the curing time mainly because of loss of water, which also produced an increase of the textural properties. Because of the nature of low-intensity ultrasonics, velocity was better related to those textural parameters that involved small displacements. Ultrasonic velocity decreased with increasing temperature because of the negative temperature coefficient of the ultrasonic velocity of fat and the melting of fat. These results highlight the potential use of ultrasonic velocity measurements to rapidly and nondestructively assess cheese maturity. PMID:10714857

  13. Ultrasonic thermometer isolation standoffs

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    A method is provided for minimizing sticking of the transmission line to the protective sheath and preventing noise echoes from interfering with signal echoes in an improved high temperature ultrasonic thermometer which includes an ultrasonic transmission line surrounded by a protective sheath. Small isolation standoffs are mounted on the transmission line to minimize points of contact between the transmission line and the protective sheath, the isolation standoffs serving as discontinuities mounted on the transmission line at locations where a signal echo is desired or where an echo can be tolerated. Consequently any noise echo generated by the sticking of the standoff to the protective sheath only adds to the amplitude of the echo generated at the standoff and does not interfere with the other signal echoes. 6 claims, 3 figures

  14. Detection of Signals of Mock-up Pipes of Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel using Guided Ultrasonic Waves due to Magnetostrictive Sensors

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    A piping mock-up with a diameter of 6 inch and schedule number 80 of carbon steel and stainless steel were fabricated. The signals of weldments of these pipes were detected with a torsional vibration mode of frequency of 32 kHz using sensors, such as a pure Ni or a 49Fe-49Co-2V alloy strip. The signals from the 49Fe-49Co-2V alloy strip sensor were more detectable than those from the Ni strip sensor. The signals of 49Fe-49Co-2V alloy strip sensor of tile stainless steel piping mock-up were more detectable than those of 49Fe-49Co-2V alloy strip sensor of the carbon steel piping mock-up.

  15. Ultrasonic nondestructive tubing inspection system

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    A system for measuring the extent of tube wall erosion in an inspection region of a heat exchanger tube of a nuclear steam generator, uses an ultrasonic means driven helically inside the eroded tube which may be filled with a fluid (e.g., water) to minimize ultrasonic wave attenuation. A control means cooperates with the ultrasonic means to produce a map of the tube wall thickness in an inspection region

  16. [Development of ultrasonic power meter].

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    Huang, Hongxin; Hu, Changming; Zheng, Yan; Xu, Honglei; Zhou, Wohua; Wu, Ziwen; Yu, Liudan; Hao, Jiandong; Luo, Yifan

    2014-07-01

    This article describes the design and development of an ultrasonic power meter which is consist of an electronic balance, a practice target, an acoustic enclosures and a blocking. The electronic balance mounted on the blocking is linked with the practice target by connecting rod. By adjusting the blocking makes the practice target suspended above ultrasound probe, and then the ultrasonic power can be measured. After initial tests, the ultrasonic power meter performanced with good stability and high precision. PMID:25330604

  17. Pulsed ultrasonic stir welding system

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    Ding, R. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An ultrasonic stir welding system includes a welding head assembly having a plate and a rod passing through the plate. The rod is rotatable about a longitudinal axis thereof. During a welding operation, ultrasonic pulses are applied to the rod as it rotates about its longitudinal axis. The ultrasonic pulses are applied in such a way that they propagate parallel to the longitudinal axis of the rod.

  18. Ultrasonic NDE Classifications with the Gradient Descent Method and Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique

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    Ultrasonic inspection methods are widely used for detecting flaws in materials. One of the more popular methods involves the extraction of an appropriate set of features followed by the use of a neural network for the classification of the signals in the feature space. This paper describes an approach which uses LMS method to determine the coordinates of the ultrasonic probe followed by the use of SAFT to estimate the location of the ultrasonic reflector. The method is employed for classifying NDE signals from the steam generator tubes in a nuclear power plant. The classification results using this scheme for the ultrasonic signals from cracks and deposits within steam generator tubes are presented

  19. Intravascular Ultrasonic Imaging

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    Tobis, JM; Mahon, D.; Moriuchi, M; Mallery, JA; Lehmann, K; Griffith, J.; Gessert, J; Zalesky, P; McRae, M; Dwyer, ML; Henry, WL

    1990-01-01

    Because conventional imaging methods are inadequate for evaluating human coronary arteries in vivo, an intravascular ultrasonic imaging catheter was developed that allows the arterial wall to be studied in cross-section from within the artery. The catheter incorporates a mechanically rotating 20-MHz transducer, which is designed so that the ringdown occurs within the catheter and imaging is permitted up to the catheter's surface. The device rotates at 1800-rpm within a plastic sleeve and prov...

  20. Inspection system for welded tubular joint based on ultrasonic phased array

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    Hao Guangping; Deng Zongquan; Shan Baohua; Yu Weizhen; Li Lifang

    2010-01-01

    A manual inspection of large-diameter tubular joints is difficult. As a result a scanner with three degrees of freedom (DOFs) was developed based on the scanning principle of ultrasonic phased array. The weld tracing is realized by a 2D0F motion of scanner. The pose of ultrasonic probe is controlled by the third one. The control strategy is put forward based on a programmable multi-axis controller. Four kinds of scanning modes can be implemented simultaneously employing this ultrasonic inspection system. Experiments on reference blocks of tubular joints reveal that the automatic ultrasonic phased array inspection system has the same inspection accuracy as a manual ultrasonic inspection. This system is superior to the manual ultrasonic system in terms of reliability and repeatability. The artificial defects of weld at tubular joint can be detected accurately with the presented inspection system.

  1. Ultrasonic investigations in intermetallics

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    Devraj Singh; D K Pandey

    2009-02-01

    Ultrasonic attenuation for the longitudinal and shear waves due to phonon–phonon interaction and thermoelastic mechanism have been evaluated in B2 structured in-termetallic compounds AgMg, CuZr, AuMg, AuTi, AuMn, AuZn and AuCd along $\\langle 1 0 0 \\rangle, \\langle 1 1 1 \\rangle and \\langle 1 1 0 \\rangle crystallographic directions at room temperature. For the same evaluations, second- and third-order elastic constants, ultrasonic velocities, Grüneisen parameters, non-linearity parameter, Debye temperature and thermal relaxation time are also computed. Although the molecular weight of these materials increases from AgMg to AuCd, the obtained results are affected with the deviation number. Attenuation of ultrasonic waves due to phonon–phonon interaction is predominant over thermoelastic loss. Results are compared with available theoretical and experimental results. The results with other well-known physical properties are useful for industrial purposes.

  2. Ultrasonic Cutting of Foods

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    Schneider, Yvonne; Zahn, Susann; Rohm, Harald

    In the field of food engineering, cutting is usually classified as a mechanical unit operation dealing with size reduction by applying external forces on a bulk product. Ultrasonic cutting is realized by superpositioning the macroscopic feed motion of the cutting device or of the product with a microscopic vibration of the cutting tool. The excited tool interacts with the product and generates a number of effects. Primary energy concentration in the separation zone and the modification of contact friction along the tool flanks arise from the cyclic loading and are responsible for benefits such as reduced cutting force, smooth cut surface, and reduced product deformation. Secondary effects such as absorption and cavitation originate from the propagation of the sound field in the product and are closely related to chemical and physical properties of the material to be cut. This chapter analyzes interactions between food products and ultrasonic cutting tools and relates these interactions with physical and chemical product properties as well as with processing parameters like cutting velocity, ultrasonic amplitude and frequency, and tool design.

  3. Reliability Assessment of Ultrasonic Nondestructive Inspection Data Using Monte Carlo Simulation

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    Park, Ik-Keun; Kim, Hyun-Mook

    2003-03-01

    Ultrasonic NDE is one of important technologies in the life-time maintenance of nuclear power plant. Ultrasonic inspection system is consisted of the operator, equipment and procedure. The reliability of ultrasonic inspection system is affected by its ability. The performance demonstration round robin was conducted to quantify the capability of ultrasonic inspection for in-service. The small number of teams who employed procedures that met or exceeded ASME Sec. XI Code requirements detected the piping of nuclear power plant with various cracks to evaluate the capability of detection and sizing. In this paper, the statistical reliability assessment of ultrasonic nondestructive inspection data using Monte Carlo simulation is presented. The results of the probability of detection (POD) analysis using Monte Carlo simulation are compared to these of logistic probability model. In these results, Monte Carlo simulation was found to be very useful to the reliability assessment for the small NDE hit/miss data sets.

  4. Ultrasonic Flaw Imaging via Multipath Exploitation

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    Yimin D. Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We consider ultrasonic imaging for the visualization of flaws in a material. Ultrasonic imaging is a powerful nondestructive testing (NDT tool which assesses material conditions via the detection, localization, and classification of flaws inside a structure. We utilize reflections of ultrasonic signals which occur when encountering different media and interior boundaries. These reflections can be cast as direct paths to the target corresponding to the virtual sensors appearing on the top and bottom side of the target. Some of these virtual sensors constitute a virtual aperture, whereas in others, the aperture changes with the transmitter position. Exploitations of multipath extended virtual array apertures provide enhanced imaging capability beyond the limitation of traditional multisensor approaches. The waveforms observed at the physical as well as the virtual sensors yield additional measurements corresponding to different aspect angles, thus allowing proper multiview imaging of flaws. We derive the wideband point spread functions for dominant multipaths and show that fusion of physical and virtual sensor data improves the flaw perimeter detection and localization performance. The effectiveness of the proposed multipath exploitation approach is demonstrated using real data.

  5. Nondestructive Ultrasonic Inspection of Friction Stir Welds

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    Tabatabaeipour, M.; Hettler, J.; Delrue, S.; Van Den Abeele, K.

    Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a relatively new solid-state welding procedure developed at The Welding Institute (TWI-UK) and the technique is widely employed for welding aluminum alloys in various applications. In order to examine the quality of the welds and to detect a variety of welding flaws such as wormholes and root-flaws, it is required to develop a methodical inspection technique that can be used for the identification and localization of such defects. The most prevalent and risky defect in this type of welding is the barely visible root flaw with a length varying from 100-700 μm. Due to the extreme characteristics of the flaw, off-the-shelf ultrasonic weld inspection methods are not always able to readily detect this type of minute defect feature. Here, we propose a novel approach to characterize root flaws using an oblique incident ultrasonic C-scan backscattering analysis. The implementation consists of an immersion ultrasonic testing method in pulse echo (i.e. backscatter) mode with a 3.5 MHz transducer, and makes use of an empirical procedure to engender of a shear wave dominated excitation at the root surface, and to properly gate the received signal for root flaw examination. By scanning the surface above the welded component, a C-scan image displaying the backscatter response from the root surface of the nugget zone can be obtained which allows a simple interpretation of the root flaw status of the weld.

  6. Ultrasonic examination of welded joints of great thickness in mechanical equipment under pressure

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    Emil, N.

    1974-01-01

    The requirements involved in choosing ultrasonic devices, the factors that affect testing, and recommended calibration methods are discussed. The ultrasonic testing method is the only method that up to now permits detection of defects in welded joints of great thickness. The results are conditioned by the performances of the devices employed as well as by the degree of instruction of the personnel.

  7. Improved ultrasonic nondestructive testing of pressure vessels

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    Progress in the development of synthetic aperture imaging techniques and a flaw detection technique for ultrasonic pulse-echo flaw evaluation is described. Synthetic aperture test results using narrow-beam probes show increased signal-to-noise ratios. Processing times for synthetic apertures constructed with wide-beam probes have been reduced. Results of deconvolution combined with synthetic aperture processing show enhanced resolution. Also included are images from scans over curved surfaces, initial results of a parameter study, a method for flaw detection based on time series models, and progress in the development of graphical displays

  8. Ultrasonic tetsing of contact tube welds

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    A method of complex testing of quality of welded joints of TPP and NPP heat-exchange tubes has beer developed. It consists of ultrasonic flaw detection in combination with selective fractographic analysis, envisaging the detection of continuity disturbance and assessment of metal structural state. If there is no continuity disturbance in fractures but there is a macrocrystalline structure (the part of shining facets is more than 30%) the series of products is found to be a low-quality one according to structural state of welded joints metal

  9. New Approach to Ultrasonic Spectroscopy Applied to Flywheel Rotors

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    Harmon, Laura M.; Baaklini, George Y.

    2002-01-01

    Flywheel energy storage devices comprising multilayered composite rotor systems are being studied extensively for use in the International Space Station. A flywheel system includes the components necessary to store and discharge energy in a rotating mass. The rotor is the complete rotating assembly portion of the flywheel, which is composed primarily of a metallic hub and a composite rim. The rim may contain several concentric composite rings. This article summarizes current ultrasonic spectroscopy research of such composite rings and rims and a flat coupon, which was manufactured to mimic the manufacturing of the rings. Ultrasonic spectroscopy is a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) method for material characterization and defect detection. In the past, a wide bandwidth frequency spectrum created from a narrow ultrasonic signal was analyzed for amplitude and frequency changes. Tucker developed and patented a new approach to ultrasonic spectroscopy. The ultrasonic system employs a continuous swept-sine waveform and performs a fast Fourier transform on the frequency spectrum to create the spectrum resonance spacing domain, or fundamental resonant frequency. Ultrasonic responses from composite flywheel components were analyzed at Glenn to assess this NDE technique for the quality assurance of flywheel applications.

  10. Application of low intensity ultrasonics to cheese manufacturing processes.

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    Benedito, J; Carcel, J A; Gonzalez, R; Mulet, A

    2002-05-01

    Ultrasound has been used to non-destructively assess the quality of many foods such as meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. This paper addresses the applications of low intensity ultrasonics in the cheese manufacturing processes and highlights the areas where ultrasonics could be successfully implemented in the future. The decrease of ultrasonic attenuation during the renneting process can be used to determine the optimum cut time for cheese making. The ultrasonic velocity increases during maturation for those types of cheese that become harder during this manufacturing stage, thus being an indicator of the maturity degree. Moreover, ultrasonic measurements could be linked to sensory parameters. From the ultrasonic velocity measurements at two different temperatures, it is possible to assess cheese composition, thus allowing an improvement in the quality and uniformity of cheese commercialization. In addition, in pulse-echo mode it is possible to detect cracked pieces due to abnormal fermentations and also to assess the distance of the crack from the surface. PMID:12159930

  11. Study of ultrasonic thermometry based on ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement

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    Ruixi Jia; Qingyu Xiong; Lijie Wang; Kai Wang; Xuehua Shen; Shan Liang; Xin Shi

    2016-01-01

    Ultrasonic thermometry is a kind of acoustic pyrometry and it has been evolving as a new temperature measurement technology for various environment. However, the accurate measurement of the ultrasonic time-of-flight is the key for ultrasonic thermometry. In this paper, we study the ultrasonic thermometry technique based on ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement with a pair of ultrasonic transducers for transmitting and receiving signal. The ultrasonic transducers are installed in a single path...

  12. Considerations for ultrasonic testing application for on-orbit NDE

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    Koshti, Ajay M.

    2015-04-01

    The paper addresses some on-orbit nondestructive evaluation (NDE) needs of NASA for International Space Station (ISS). The presentation gives NDE requirements for inspecting suspect damage due to micro-meteoroids and orbital debris (MMOD) impact on the pressure wall of the ISS. This inspection is meant to be conducted from inside of the ISS module. The metallic wall of the module has a fixed wall thickness but also has integral orthogrid ribs for reinforcement. Typically, a single MMOD hit causes localized damage in a small area causing loss of material similar to pitting corrosion, but cracks may be present too. The impact may cause bulging of the wall. Results of the ultrasonic and eddy current demonstration scans on test samples are provided. The ultrasonic technique uses shear wave scans to interrogate the localized damage area from the surrounding undamaged area. The scanning protocol results in multiple scans, each with multiple "vee" paths. A superimposition and mosaic of the three-dimensional ultrasonic data from individual scans is desired to create C-scan images of the damage. This is a new data reduction process which is not currently implemented in state-of-art ultrasonic instruments. Results of ultrasonic scans on the simulated MMOD damage test plates are provided. The individual C-scans are superimposed manually creating mosaic of the inspection. The resulting image is compared with visibly detected damage boundaries, X-ray images, and localized ultrasonic and eddy current scans for locating crack tips to assess effectiveness of the ultrasonic scanning. The paper also discusses developments needed in improving ergonomics of the ultrasonic testing for on-orbit applications.

  13. Fatigue crack monitoring in multi-layered aircraft structures using guided ultrasonic waves

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    Koston, E.

    2010-01-01

    The detection of fatigue cracks at fasteners in the sub layers of multi-layered aircraft structures can be problematic using conventional nondestructive testing methods. In this thesis the sensitivity of low frequency guided ultrasonic waves to detect these defects is studied. Guided ultrasonic waves typically have energy distributed through the thickness of such structures and allow for defect detection in all sub-layers, but have wavelengths larger than commonly used in bulk wave ...

  14. Mobile ultrasonic testing in pipes

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    The paper deals with the development of the ultrasonic test method, in particular with the functioning of the impulse reflection method which is used for weld testing and wall thickness measurement in pipeline construction. The paper closes on a few remarks on ultrasonic testing in plastic tubes and some other special testing problems. (RW)

  15. Innovative ultrasonics for power plant commissioning

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    During the commissioning of a nuclear power plant, the usual role of ultrasonics is associated with nondestructive testing of welds. There is, however, a variety of undesirable conditions associated with the fluids carried through the various reactor systems which may be just as important to station operation. A variety of unusual ultrasonic techniques has been developed for testing fluid systems at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. This paper uses the experience gained at the Point Lepreau reactor to illustrate the valuable information which can be gained from these measurements, such as: fluid level in pipes and headers; fluid level in pressure vessels; detection, and sizing of debris in pipes; in situ measurement and verification of orifice condition; detection and location of cavitation, water hammer, valve leakage; quantitative measurement of gate movement within the body of an inservice valve; determination of valve position; detection and imaging of flow separation; detection and location of leaks in concrete containment structures; verification of design flows; balancing of loop flows; and detection of low flow. The application of these techniques at other reactor sites is also discussed

  16. Ultrasonic inspection of austenitic welds

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    The ultrasonic examination of austenitic stainless steel weld metal has always been regarded as a difficult proposition because of the large and variable ultrasonic attenuations and back scattering obtained from apparently similar weld deposits. The work to be described shows how the existence of a fibre texture within each weld deposit (as a result of epitaxial growth through successive weld beads) produces a systematic variation in the ultrasonic attenuation coefficient and the velocity of sound, depending upon the angle between the ultrasonic beam and the fibre axis. Development work has shown that it is possible to adjust the welding parameters to ensure that the crystallographic texture within each weld is compatible with improved ultrasonic transmission. The application of the results to the inspection of a specific weld in type 316 weld metal is described

  17. Hydrogen attack evaluation of boiler tube using ultrasonic wave

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    The presence of hydrogen in industrial plants is a source of damage. Hydrogen attack is one such form of degradation and often causing large tube ruptures that necessitate an immediate shutdown. Hydrogen attack may reduce the fracture toughness as well as the strength of steels. This reduction is caused partially by the presence of cavities and microcracks at the grain boundaries. In the past several techniques have been used with limited results. This paper describes the application of an ultrasonic velocity, attenuation and backscatter techniques for detecting the presence of hydrogen damage in utility boiler tubes. Ultrasonic tests showed a decrease in wave velocity and an increase in attenuation. Such results demonstrate the potential for ultrasonic nondestructive testing to quantify damage. Based on this study, recommendations are that both velocity and attenuation be used to detect hydrogen attack in steels.

  18. Development of a bank for ultrasonic characterization of olive oil

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    Olive oil has long been renowned for its nutritional and healthy values. These values are being continuously verified by new scientific results. Not all olive oils found in the market are, however,authentic. One of the ways to cheat in olive oil is to mix it with other, cheaper oils. The aim of our study is to develop an ultrasonic measurement system that would quickly detect the fraud in the olive oil and thus protect and preserve this quality product. By using ultrasonic waves of frequency 1.7MHz in transmission through the oils, we have obtained promising results for detection of different mixtures of olive oil with pure sunflower oil. Our results have shown an increasing ultrasonic speed for an increasing percentage of sunflower oil in the mixture. (author)

  19. Azimuthal-angle dependence of charged-pion-interferometry measurements with respect to 2$^{\\rm nd}$- and $3^{\\rm rd}$-order event planes in Au$+$Au collisions at $\\sqrt{s_{_{NN}}}=200$ GeV

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    Charged-pion-interferometry measurements were made with respect to the 2$^{\\rm nd}$- and 3$^{\\rm rd}$-order event plane for Au$+$Au collisions at $\\sqrt{s_{_{NN}}}=200$ GeV. A strong azimuthal-angle dependence of the extracted Gaussian-source radii was observed with respect to both the 2$^{\\rm nd}$- and 3$^{\\rm rd}$-order event planes. The results for the 2$^{\\rm nd}$-order dependence indicate that the initial eccentricity is reduced during the medium evolution, but not reversed in the final state, which is consistent with previous results. In contrast, the results for the 3$^{\\rm rd}$-order dependence indicate that the initial triangular shape is significantly reduced and potentially reversed by the end of the medium evolution, and that the 3$^{\\rm rd}$-order oscillations are largely dominated by the dynamical effects from triangular flow.

  20. Azimuthal-angle dependence of charged-pion-interferometry measurements with respect to second- and third-order event planes in Au+Au collisions at √[S(NN)]=200  GeV.

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    Adare, A; Afanasiev, S; Aidala, C; Ajitanand, N N; Akiba, Y; Al-Bataineh, H; Alexander, J; Aoki, K; Aramaki, Y; Atomssa, E T; Averbeck, R; Awes, T C; Azmoun, B; Babintsev, V; Bai, M; Baksay, G; Baksay, L; Barish, K N; Bassalleck, B; Basye, A T; Bathe, S; Baublis, V; Baumann, C; Bazilevsky, A; Belikov, S; Belmont, R; Bennett, R; Berdnikov, A; Berdnikov, Y; Bickley, A A; Bok, J S; Boyle, K; Brooks, M L; Buesching, H; Bumazhnov, V; Bunce, G; Butsyk, S; Camacho, C M; Campbell, S; Chen, C-H; Chi, C Y; Chiu, M; Choi, I J; Choudhury, R K; Christiansen, P; Chujo, T; Chung, P; Chvala, O; Cianciolo, V; Citron, Z; Cole, B A; Connors, M; Constantin, P; Csanád, M; Csörgő, T; Dahms, T; Dairaku, S; Danchev, I; Das, K; Datta, A; David, G; Denisov, A; Deshpande, A; Desmond, E J; Dietzsch, O; Dion, A; Donadelli, M; Drapier, O; Drees, A; Drees, K A; Durham, J M; Durum, A; Dutta, D; Edwards, S; Efremenko, Y V; Ellinghaus, F; Engelmore, T; Enokizono, A; En'yo, H; Esumi, S; Fadem, B; Fields, D E; Finger, M; Finger, M; Fleuret, F; Fokin, S L; Fraenkel, Z; Frantz, J E; Franz, A; Frawley, A D; Fujiwara, K; Fukao, Y; Fusayasu, T; Garishvili, I; Glenn, A; Gong, H; Gonin, M; Goto, Y; Granier de Cassagnac, R; Grau, N; Greene, S V; Grosse Perdekamp, M; Gunji, T; Gustafsson, H-Å; Haggerty, J S; Hahn, K I; Hamagaki, H; Hamblen, J; Han, R; Hanks, J; Hartouni, E P; Haslum, E; Hayano, R; He, X; Heffner, M; Hemmick, T K; Hester, T; Hill, J C; Hohlmann, M; Holzmann, W; Homma, K; Hong, B; Horaguchi, T; Hornback, D; Huang, S; Ichihara, T; Ichimiya, R; Ide, J; Ikeda, Y; Imai, K; Inaba, M; Isenhower, D; Ishihara, M; Isobe, T; Issah, M; Isupov, A; Ivanischev, D; Jacak, B V; Jia, J; Jin, J; Johnson, B M; Joo, K S; Jouan, D; Jumper, D S; Kajihara, F; Kametani, S; Kamihara, N; Kamin, J; Kang, J H; Kapustinsky, J; Karatsu, K; Kawall, D; Kawashima, M; Kazantsev, A V; Kempel, T; Khanzadeev, A; Kijima, K M; Kim, B I; Kim, D H; Kim, D J; Kim, E; Kim, E-J; Kim, S H; Kim, Y-J; Kinney, E; Kiriluk, K; Kiss, A; Kistenev, E; Kochenda, L; Komkov, B; Konno, M; Koster, J; Kotchetkov, D; Kozlov, A; Král, A; Kravitz, A; Kunde, G J; Kurita, K; Kurosawa, M; Kwon, Y; Kyle, G S; Lacey, R; Lai, Y S; Lajoie, J G; Lebedev, A; Lee, D M; Lee, J; Lee, K; Lee, K B; Lee, K S; Leitch, M J; Leite, M A L; Leitner, E; Lenzi, B; Li, X; Liebing, P; Linden Levy, L A; Liška, T; Litvinenko, A; Liu, H; Liu, M X; Love, B; Luechtenborg, R; Lynch, D; Maguire, C F; Makdisi, Y I; Malakhov, A; Malik, M D; Manko, V I; Mannel, E; Mao, Y; Masui, H; Matathias, F; McCumber, M; McGaughey, P L; Means, N; Meredith, B; Miake, Y; Mignerey, A C; Mikeš, P; Miki, K; Milov, A; Mishra, M; Mitchell, J T; Mohanty, A K; Morino, Y; Morreale, A; Morrison, D P; Moukhanova, T V; Murata, J; Nagamiya, S; Nagle, J L; Naglis, M; Nagy, M I; Nakagawa, I; Nakamiya, Y; Nakamura, T; Nakano, K; Newby, J; Nguyen, M; Niida, T; Nouicer, R; Nyanin, A S; O'Brien, E; Oda, S X; Ogilvie, C A; Oka, M; Okada, K; Onuki, Y; Oskarsson, A; Ouchida, M; Ozawa, K; Pak, R; Pantuev, V; Papavassiliou, V; Park, I H; Park, J; Park, S K; Park, W J; Pate, S F; Pei, H; Peng, J-C; Pereira, H; Peresedov, V; Peressounko, D Yu; Pinkenburg, C; Pisani, R P; Proissl, M; Purschke, M L; Purwar, A K; Qu, H; Rak, J; Rakotozafindrabe, A; Ravinovich, I; Read, K F; Reygers, K; Riabov, V; Riabov, Y; Richardson, E; Roach, D; Roche, G; Rolnick, S D; Rosati, M; Rosen, C A; Rosendahl, S S E; Rosnet, P; Rukoyatkin, P; Ružička, P; Sahlmueller, B; Saito, N; Sakaguchi, T; Sakashita, K; Samsonov, V; Sano, S; Sato, T; Sawada, S; Sedgwick, K; Seele, J; Seidl, R; Semenov, A Yu; Seto, R; Sharma, D; Shein, I; Shibata, T-A; Shigaki, K; Shimomura, M; Shoji, K; Shukla, P; Sickles, A; Silva, C L; Silvermyr, D; Silvestre, C; Sim, K S; Singh, B K; Singh, C P; Singh, V; Slunečka, M; Soltz, R A; Sondheim, W E; Sorensen, S P; Sourikova, I V; Sparks, N A; Stankus, P W; Stenlund, E; Stoll, S P; Sugitate, T; Sukhanov, A; Sziklai, J; Takagui, E M; Taketani, A; Tanabe, R; Tanaka, Y; Tanida, K; Tannenbaum, M J; Tarafdar, S; Taranenko, A; Tarján, P; Themann, H; Thomas, T L; Todoroki, T; Togawa, M; Toia, A; Tomášek, L; Torii, H; Towell, R S; Tserruya, I; Tsuchimoto, Y; Vale, C; Valle, H; van Hecke, H W; Vazquez-Zambrano, E; Veicht, A; Velkovska, J; Vértesi, R; Vinogradov, A A; Virius, M; Vrba, V; Vznuzdaev, E; Wang, X R; Watanabe, D; Watanabe, K; Watanabe, Y; Wei, F; Wei, R; Wessels, J; White, S N; Winter, D; Wood, J P; Woody, C L; Wright, R M; Wysocki, M; Xie, W; Yamaguchi, Y L; Yamaura, K; Yang, R; Yanovich, A; Ying, J; Yokkaichi, S; You, Z; Young, G R; Younus, I; Yushmanov, I E; Zajc, W A; Zhang, C; Zhou, S; Zolin, L

    2014-06-01

    Charged-pion-interferometry measurements were made with respect to the second- and third-order event plane for Au+Au collisions at sqrt[s_{NN}]=200  GeV. A strong azimuthal-angle dependence of the extracted Gaussian-source radii was observed with respect to both the second- and third-order event planes. The results for the second-order dependence indicate that the initial eccentricity is reduced during the medium evolution, which is consistent with previous results. In contrast, the results for the third-order dependence indicate that the initial triangular shape is significantly reduced and potentially reversed by the end of the medium evolution, and that the third-order oscillations are largely dominated by the dynamical effects from triangular flow.

  1. Azimuthal-angle dependence of charged-pion-interferometry measurements with respect to second- and third-order event planes in Au+Au collisions at √[S(NN)]=200  GeV.

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    Adare, A; Afanasiev, S; Aidala, C; Ajitanand, N N; Akiba, Y; Al-Bataineh, H; Alexander, J; Aoki, K; Aramaki, Y; Atomssa, E T; Averbeck, R; Awes, T C; Azmoun, B; Babintsev, V; Bai, M; Baksay, G; Baksay, L; Barish, K N; Bassalleck, B; Basye, A T; Bathe, S; Baublis, V; Baumann, C; Bazilevsky, A; Belikov, S; Belmont, R; Bennett, R; Berdnikov, A; Berdnikov, Y; Bickley, A A; Bok, J S; Boyle, K; Brooks, M L; Buesching, H; Bumazhnov, V; Bunce, G; Butsyk, S; Camacho, C M; Campbell, S; Chen, C-H; Chi, C Y; Chiu, M; Choi, I J; Choudhury, R K; Christiansen, P; Chujo, T; Chung, P; Chvala, O; Cianciolo, V; Citron, Z; Cole, B A; Connors, M; Constantin, P; Csanád, M; Csörgő, T; Dahms, T; Dairaku, S; Danchev, I; Das, K; Datta, A; David, G; Denisov, A; Deshpande, A; Desmond, E J; Dietzsch, O; Dion, A; Donadelli, M; Drapier, O; Drees, A; Drees, K A; Durham, J M; Durum, A; Dutta, D; Edwards, S; Efremenko, Y V; Ellinghaus, F; Engelmore, T; Enokizono, A; En'yo, H; Esumi, S; Fadem, B; Fields, D E; Finger, M; Finger, M; Fleuret, F; Fokin, S L; Fraenkel, Z; Frantz, J E; Franz, A; Frawley, A D; Fujiwara, K; Fukao, Y; Fusayasu, T; Garishvili, I; Glenn, A; Gong, H; Gonin, M; Goto, Y; Granier de Cassagnac, R; Grau, N; Greene, S V; Grosse Perdekamp, M; Gunji, T; Gustafsson, H-Å; Haggerty, J S; Hahn, K I; Hamagaki, H; Hamblen, J; Han, R; Hanks, J; Hartouni, E P; Haslum, E; Hayano, R; He, X; Heffner, M; Hemmick, T K; Hester, T; Hill, J C; Hohlmann, M; Holzmann, W; Homma, K; Hong, B; Horaguchi, T; Hornback, D; Huang, S; Ichihara, T; Ichimiya, R; Ide, J; Ikeda, Y; Imai, K; Inaba, M; Isenhower, D; Ishihara, M; Isobe, T; Issah, M; Isupov, A; Ivanischev, D; Jacak, B V; Jia, J; Jin, J; Johnson, B M; Joo, K S; Jouan, D; Jumper, D S; Kajihara, F; Kametani, S; Kamihara, N; Kamin, J; Kang, J H; Kapustinsky, J; Karatsu, K; Kawall, D; Kawashima, M; Kazantsev, A V; Kempel, T; Khanzadeev, A; Kijima, K M; Kim, B I; Kim, D H; Kim, D J; Kim, E; Kim, E-J; Kim, S H; Kim, Y-J; Kinney, E; Kiriluk, K; Kiss, A; Kistenev, E; Kochenda, L; Komkov, B; Konno, M; Koster, J; Kotchetkov, D; Kozlov, A; Král, A; Kravitz, A; Kunde, G J; Kurita, K; Kurosawa, M; Kwon, Y; Kyle, G S; Lacey, R; Lai, Y S; Lajoie, J G; Lebedev, A; Lee, D M; Lee, J; Lee, K; Lee, K B; Lee, K S; Leitch, M J; Leite, M A L; Leitner, E; Lenzi, B; Li, X; Liebing, P; Linden Levy, L A; Liška, T; Litvinenko, A; Liu, H; Liu, M X; Love, B; Luechtenborg, R; Lynch, D; Maguire, C F; Makdisi, Y I; Malakhov, A; Malik, M D; Manko, V I; Mannel, E; Mao, Y; Masui, H; Matathias, F; McCumber, M; McGaughey, P L; Means, N; Meredith, B; Miake, Y; Mignerey, A C; Mikeš, P; Miki, K; Milov, A; Mishra, M; Mitchell, J T; Mohanty, A K; Morino, Y; Morreale, A; Morrison, D P; Moukhanova, T V; Murata, J; Nagamiya, S; Nagle, J L; Naglis, M; Nagy, M I; Nakagawa, I; Nakamiya, Y; Nakamura, T; Nakano, K; Newby, J; Nguyen, M; Niida, T; Nouicer, R; Nyanin, A S; O'Brien, E; Oda, S X; Ogilvie, C A; Oka, M; Okada, K; Onuki, Y; Oskarsson, A; Ouchida, M; Ozawa, K; Pak, R; Pantuev, V; Papavassiliou, V; Park, I H; Park, J; Park, S K; Park, W J; Pate, S F; Pei, H; Peng, J-C; Pereira, H; Peresedov, V; Peressounko, D Yu; Pinkenburg, C; Pisani, R P; Proissl, M; Purschke, M L; Purwar, A K; Qu, H; Rak, J; Rakotozafindrabe, A; Ravinovich, I; Read, K F; Reygers, K; Riabov, V; Riabov, Y; Richardson, E; Roach, D; Roche, G; Rolnick, S D; Rosati, M; Rosen, C A; Rosendahl, S S E; Rosnet, P; Rukoyatkin, P; Ružička, P; Sahlmueller, B; Saito, N; Sakaguchi, T; Sakashita, K; Samsonov, V; Sano, S; Sato, T; Sawada, S; Sedgwick, K; Seele, J; Seidl, R; Semenov, A Yu; Seto, R; Sharma, D; Shein, I; Shibata, T-A; Shigaki, K; Shimomura, M; Shoji, K; Shukla, P; Sickles, A; Silva, C L; Silvermyr, D; Silvestre, C; Sim, K S; Singh, B K; Singh, C P; Singh, V; Slunečka, M; Soltz, R A; Sondheim, W E; Sorensen, S P; Sourikova, I V; Sparks, N A; Stankus, P W; Stenlund, E; Stoll, S P; Sugitate, T; Sukhanov, A; Sziklai, J; Takagui, E M; Taketani, A; Tanabe, R; Tanaka, Y; Tanida, K; Tannenbaum, M J; Tarafdar, S; Taranenko, A; Tarján, P; Themann, H; Thomas, T L; Todoroki, T; Togawa, M; Toia, A; Tomášek, L; Torii, H; Towell, R S; Tserruya, I; Tsuchimoto, Y; Vale, C; Valle, H; van Hecke, H W; Vazquez-Zambrano, E; Veicht, A; Velkovska, J; Vértesi, R; Vinogradov, A A; Virius, M; Vrba, V; Vznuzdaev, E; Wang, X R; Watanabe, D; Watanabe, K; Watanabe, Y; Wei, F; Wei, R; Wessels, J; White, S N; Winter, D; Wood, J P; Woody, C L; Wright, R M; Wysocki, M; Xie, W; Yamaguchi, Y L; Yamaura, K; Yang, R; Yanovich, A; Ying, J; Yokkaichi, S; You, Z; Young, G R; Younus, I; Yushmanov, I E; Zajc, W A; Zhang, C; Zhou, S; Zolin, L

    2014-06-01

    Charged-pion-interferometry measurements were made with respect to the second- and third-order event plane for Au+Au collisions at sqrt[s_{NN}]=200  GeV. A strong azimuthal-angle dependence of the extracted Gaussian-source radii was observed with respect to both the second- and third-order event planes. The results for the second-order dependence indicate that the initial eccentricity is reduced during the medium evolution, which is consistent with previous results. In contrast, the results for the third-order dependence indicate that the initial triangular shape is significantly reduced and potentially reversed by the end of the medium evolution, and that the third-order oscillations are largely dominated by the dynamical effects from triangular flow. PMID:24949761

  2. Azimuthal-Angle Dependence of Charged-Pion-Interferometry Measurements with Respect to Second- and Third-Order Event Planes in Au +Au Collisions at √sNN =200 GeV

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    Adare, A.; Afanasiev, S.; Aidala, C.; Ajitanand, N. N.; Akiba, Y.; Al-Bataineh, H.; Alexander, J.; Aoki, K.; Aramaki, Y.; Atomssa, E. T.; Averbeck, R.; Awes, T. C.; Azmoun, B.; Babintsev, V.; Bai, M.; Baksay, G.; Baksay, L.; Barish, K. N.; Bassalleck, B.; Basye, A. T.; Bathe, S.; Baublis, V.; Baumann, C.; Bazilevsky, A.; Belikov, S.; Belmont, R.; Bennett, R.; Berdnikov, A.; Berdnikov, Y.; Bickley, A. A.; Bok, J. S.; Boyle, K.; Brooks, M. L.; Buesching, H.; Bumazhnov, V.; Bunce, G.; Butsyk, S.; Camacho, C. M.; Campbell, S.; Chen, C.-H.; Chi, C. Y.; Chiu, M.; Choi, I. J.; Choudhury, R. K.; Christiansen, P.; Chujo, T.; Chung, P.; Chvala, O.; Cianciolo, V.; Citron, Z.; Cole, B. A.; Connors, M.; Constantin, P.; Csanád, M.; Csörgő, T.; Dahms, T.; Dairaku, S.; Danchev, I.; Das, K.; Datta, A.; David, G.; Denisov, A.; Deshpande, A.; Desmond, E. J.; Dietzsch, O.; Dion, A.; Donadelli, M.; Drapier, O.; Drees, A.; Drees, K. A.; Durham, J. M.; Durum, A.; Dutta, D.; Edwards, S.; Efremenko, Y. V.; Ellinghaus, F.; Engelmore, T.; Enokizono, A.; En'yo, H.; Esumi, S.; Fadem, B.; Fields, D. E.; Finger, M.; Finger, M.; Fleuret, F.; Fokin, S. L.; Fraenkel, Z.; Frantz, J. E.; Franz, A.; Frawley, A. D.; Fujiwara, K.; Fukao, Y.; Fusayasu, T.; Garishvili, I.; Glenn, A.; Gong, H.; Gonin, M.; Goto, Y.; Granier de Cassagnac, R.; Grau, N.; Greene, S. V.; Grosse Perdekamp, M.; Gunji, T.; Gustafsson, H.-Å.; Haggerty, J. S.; Hahn, K. I.; Hamagaki, H.; Hamblen, J.; Han, R.; Hanks, J.; Hartouni, E. P.; Haslum, E.; Hayano, R.; He, X.; Heffner, M.; Hemmick, T. K.; Hester, T.; Hill, J. C.; Hohlmann, M.; Holzmann, W.; Homma, K.; Hong, B.; Horaguchi, T.; Hornback, D.; Huang, S.; Ichihara, T.; Ichimiya, R.; Ide, J.; Ikeda, Y.; Imai, K.; Inaba, M.; Isenhower, D.; Ishihara, M.; Isobe, T.; Issah, M.; Isupov, A.; Ivanischev, D.; Jacak, B. V.; Jia, J.; Jin, J.; Johnson, B. M.; Joo, K. S.; Jouan, D.; Jumper, D. S.; Kajihara, F.; Kametani, S.; Kamihara, N.; Kamin, J.; Kang, J. H.; Kapustinsky, J.; Karatsu, K.; Kawall, D.; Kawashima, M.; Kazantsev, A. V.; Kempel, T.; Khanzadeev, A.; Kijima, K. M.; Kim, B. I.; Kim, D. H.; Kim, D. J.; Kim, E.; Kim, E.-J.; Kim, S. H.; Kim, Y.-J.; Kinney, E.; Kiriluk, K.; Kiss, Á.; Kistenev, E.; Kochenda, L.; Komkov, B.; Konno, M.; Koster, J.; Kotchetkov, D.; Kozlov, A.; Král, A.; Kravitz, A.; Kunde, G. J.; Kurita, K.; Kurosawa, M.; Kwon, Y.; Kyle, G. S.; Lacey, R.; Lai, Y. S.; Lajoie, J. G.; Lebedev, A.; Lee, D. M.; Lee, J.; Lee, K.; Lee, K. B.; Lee, K. S.; Leitch, M. J.; Leite, M. A. L.; Leitner, E.; Lenzi, B.; Li, X.; Liebing, P.; Linden Levy, L. A.; Liška, T.; Litvinenko, A.; Liu, H.; Liu, M. X.; Love, B.; Luechtenborg, R.; Lynch, D.; Maguire, C. F.; Makdisi, Y. I.; Malakhov, A.; Malik, M. D.; Manko, V. I.; Mannel, E.; Mao, Y.; Masui, H.; Matathias, F.; McCumber, M.; McGaughey, P. L.; Means, N.; Meredith, B.; Miake, Y.; Mignerey, A. C.; Mikeš, P.; Miki, K.; Milov, A.; Mishra, M.; Mitchell, J. T.; Mohanty, A. K.; Morino, Y.; Morreale, A.; Morrison, D. P.; Moukhanova, T. V.; Murata, J.; Nagamiya, S.; Nagle, J. L.; Naglis, M.; Nagy, M. I.; Nakagawa, I.; Nakamiya, Y.; Nakamura, T.; Nakano, K.; Newby, J.; Nguyen, M.; Niida, T.; Nouicer, R.; Nyanin, A. S.; O'Brien, E.; Oda, S. X.; Ogilvie, C. A.; Oka, M.; Okada, K.; Onuki, Y.; Oskarsson, A.; Ouchida, M.; Ozawa, K.; Pak, R.; Pantuev, V.; Papavassiliou, V.; Park, I. H.; Park, J.; Park, S. K.; Park, W. J.; Pate, S. F.; Pei, H.; Peng, J.-C.; Pereira, H.; Peresedov, V.; Peressounko, D. Yu.; Pinkenburg, C.; Pisani, R. P.; Proissl, M.; Purschke, M. L.; Purwar, A. K.; Qu, H.; Rak, J.; Rakotozafindrabe, A.; Ravinovich, I.; Read, K. F.; Reygers, K.; Riabov, V.; Riabov, Y.; Richardson, E.; Roach, D.; Roche, G.; Rolnick, S. D.; Rosati, M.; Rosen, C. A.; Rosendahl, S. S. E.; Rosnet, P.; Rukoyatkin, P.; Ružička, P.; Sahlmueller, B.; Saito, N.; Sakaguchi, T.; Sakashita, K.; Samsonov, V.; Sano, S.; Sato, T.; Sawada, S.; Sedgwick, K.; Seele, J.; Seidl, R.; Semenov, A. Yu.; Seto, R.; Sharma, D.; Shein, I.; Shibata, T.-A.; Shigaki, K.; Shimomura, M.; Shoji, K.; Shukla, P.; Sickles, A.; Silva, C. L.; Silvermyr, D.; Silvestre, C.; Sim, K. S.; Singh, B. K.; Singh, C. P.; Singh, V.; Slunečka, M.; Soltz, R. A.; Sondheim, W. E.; Sorensen, S. P.; Sourikova, I. V.; Sparks, N. A.; Stankus, P. W.; Stenlund, E.; Stoll, S. P.; Sugitate, T.; Sukhanov, A.; Sziklai, J.; Takagui, E. M.; Taketani, A.; Tanabe, R.; Tanaka, Y.; Tanida, K.; Tannenbaum, M. J.; Tarafdar, S.; Taranenko, A.; Tarján, P.; Themann, H.; Thomas, T. L.; Todoroki, T.; Togawa, M.; Toia, A.; Tomášek, L.; Torii, H.; Towell, R. S.; Tserruya, I.; Tsuchimoto, Y.; Vale, C.; Valle, H.; van Hecke, H. W.; Vazquez-Zambrano, E.; Veicht, A.; Velkovska, J.; Vértesi, R.; Vinogradov, A. A.; Virius, M.; Vrba, V.; Vznuzdaev, E.; Wang, X. R.; Watanabe, D.; Watanabe, K.; Watanabe, Y.; Wei, F.; Wei, R.; Wessels, J.; White, S. N.; Winter, D.; Wood, J. P.; Woody, C. L.; Wright, R. M.; Wysocki, M.; Xie, W.; Yamaguchi, Y. L.; Yamaura, K.; Yang, R.; Yanovich, A.; Ying, J.; Yokkaichi, S.; You, Z.; Young, G. R.; Younus, I.; Yushmanov, I. E.; Zajc, W. A.; Zhang, C.; Zhou, S.; Zolin, L.; Phenix Collaboration

    2014-06-01

    Charged-pion-interferometry measurements were made with respect to the second- and third-order event plane for Au +Au collisions at √sNN =200 GeV. A strong azimuthal-angle dependence of the extracted Gaussian-source radii was observed with respect to both the second- and third-order event planes. The results for the second-order dependence indicate that the initial eccentricity is reduced during the medium evolution, which is consistent with previous results. In contrast, the results for the third-order dependence indicate that the initial triangular shape is significantly reduced and potentially reversed by the end of the medium evolution, and that the third-order oscillations are largely dominated by the dynamical effects from triangular flow.

  3. Ultrasonic testing device

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    The ultrasonic testing system serves to inspect welds and the adjoining heat-affected zones on reactor pressure vessels. The three-oscillator search unit has got either two external emitter crystal oscillators simultaneously loaded and an internal receiver crystal oscillator of equal width or vice versa. The inspection path is run through meanderingly. With the search unit there is succeeded to do the inspection by SEL technique, by SE technique with shear waves or by tandem technique. Loading of the oscillators is done with a time-multiplex method. (RW)

  4. An on-line ultrasonic cleanliness analyzer for molten light metals

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    Ono, Yuu; Moisan, Jean-François; Jen, Cheng-Kuei; Zhang, Yuanbei; Su, Chun-Yi

    2004-02-01

    Ultrasonic techniques to evaluate the cleanliness of molten aluminum and magnesium using clad steel buffer rods are presented in this article. Backscattered ultrasonic signals from silicon carbide particles, added to molten aluminum, were detected with ultrasonic pulse-echo and pitch-catch modes at an ultrasonic frequency of 10 MHz. The scattered signals from inclusions, which might be oxide films and/or particles, in molten magnesium, were also detected. To establish the procedure and to investigate the optimum system configurations for evaluating melt cleanliness, a particle flow simulator was constructed that uses water and polyvinyl chloride particles. Also developed was a prototype of an on-line ultrasonic cleanliness analyzer for molten magnesium.

  5. Internal properties assessment in agar wood trees using ultrasonic velocity measurement

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    This paper presents the application of ultrasonic velocity in agar wood trees (Aquilaria crassna) with the purpose of evaluating the relationship of the ultrasonic velocity to the variations of internal properties of trees. In this study, three circular cross-sectional discs from the freshly cut tree were selected as samples. First sample with a big hole (decay) in the middle, second sample with internal resinous and the last one is the sample with no defects. The through transmission ultrasonic testing method was carried out using Tico ultrasonic pulse velocity tester which is from Switzerland. Two-dimensional image of internal properties evaluation by an ultrasonic investigation was obtained using Matlab. The results showed that the ultrasonic wave cannot pass through the internal decay or resinous so that the wave went round it and thus ultrasonic wave velocity significantly decreased by increasing the hole or resinous. The difference in color of the image generated by Matlab software based on variation of ultrasonic velocity between the internal decay area and its surrounding area was obvious. Therefore, the properties of internal properties of the three could be detected by ultrasonic line imaging technique. (author)

  6. Fiber-optic ultrasonic hydrophone using short Fabry-Perot cavity with multilayer reflectors deposited on small stub.

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    Kim, Kyung-Su; Mizuno, Yosuke; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2014-04-01

    A fiber-optic probe with dielectric multilayer films deposited on a small stub is studied for mega-hertz ultrasonic-wave detection in water. The small stub with a short Fabry-Perot cavity and distributed reflectors is attached on the fiber end. The structure is mechanically strong and withstands intense ultrasonic pressure. Ultrasonic waves at 1.56MHz are successfully detected in water with a good signal-to-noise ratio. The working principle and the characteristics are studied by comparing the ultrasonic sensitivity with that of a conventional piezoelectric hydrophone. The distance response and directional response are also investigated.

  7. 超超临界机组锅炉异种钢小径管镍基焊接接头超声波检测%Ultrasonic Flaw Detection of Dissimilar Steel Small-Diameter Tube Nickel-Based Welding Joint of Boiler of Ultra-Supercritical Units

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    邓宏平; 龙会国; 邹健伟; 谢亿

    2012-01-01

    针对超声检测火力发电厂锅炉小径管奥氏体钢与低合金钢对接异种钢焊缝的技术难题,文章通过理论分析、试验研究及现场检测验证,研究了常规小径管探头异种钢焊缝超声波检测方法。结果表明,对于如熔合线裂纹类缺陷选用小角度探头(K1~1.5)效果较佳;对于焊缝内缺陷宜选用大角度探头(K2~2.5)。利用该方法能有效检测出焊缝内各种缺陷,保证了机组安全运行也取得了较好的经济效益,对异种钢焊缝小径管超声波检测具有较强的借鉴意义。%In order to solve the ultrasonic testing technical problem of dissimilar steel small diameter tube nickel butt welding of austenitic steel and low alloy steel in thermal power plant, one new ultrasonic inspection method with small diameter tube adapted ultrasonic probe was researched by theory verification, experimental data and field experience. The results showed that the degrees of the influences of different defects on ultrasonic testing parameters were different. Better sensitivity for the fusion zone cracking in dissimilar steel small-diameter tube welding joint testing was obtained when K value of transverse wave probe was small, such as KI~I. 5. And it is good that K value of transverse wave probe was big {K2~2. 5) for internal defects in dissimilar steel small-diameter tube welding joint testing. This detective means had good detection effect for various excessive weld defects, which could ensure the safe operation of power units, improve economic benefits. The detection method mentioned in this paper could give assistance to the ultrasonic testing of dissimilar steel small-diameter tube welds.

  8. Ultrasonic Inspection Of Welds On Tube Fittings

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    Ray, Arjun N.; Nummelin, John L.

    1996-01-01

    Scanning ultrasonic apparatus designed for use in nondestructive inspection of electron-beam welds between heat-exchanger tube and end fittings. Includes ultrasonic probe, scanning mechanism, ultrasonic-signal-generating and -processing circuits, and computers. Not necessary to immerse any part of apparatus or tube/fitting assembly in water during inspection. Output ultrasonic-test signals displayed on computer to reveal defects.

  9. Ultrasonic Evaluation of Two Dissimilar Metal Weld Overlay Specimens

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    Crawford, Susan L.; Cinson, Anthony D.; Prowant, Matthew S.; Moran, Traci L.; Anderson, Michael T.

    2012-06-30

    Two dissimilar metal weld (DMW) pipe-to-nozzle specimens were implanted with thermal fatigue cracks in the 13% to 90% through-wall depth range. The specimens were ultrasonically evaluated with phased-array probes having center frequencies of 0.8, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 megahertz (MHz). An Alloy 82/182 weld overlay (WOL) was applied and the specimens were ultrasonically re-evaluated for flaw detection and characterization. The Post-WOL flaw depths were approximately 10% to 56% through-wall. This study has shown the effectiveness of ultrasonic examinations of Alloy 82/182 overlaid DMW specimens. Phased-array probes with center frequency in the 0.8- to 1.0-MHz range provide a strong coherent signal but the greater ultrasonic wavelength and larger beam spot size prevent the reliable detection of small flaws. These small flaws had nominal through-wall depths of less than 15% and length in the 50-60 mm (2-2.4 in.) range. Flaws in the 19% and greater through-wall depth range were readily detected with all four probes. At the higher frequencies, the reflected signals are less coherent but still provide adequate signal for flaw detection and characterization. A single inspection at 2.0 MHz could provide adequate detection and sizing information but a supplemental inspection at 1.0 or 1.5 MHz is recommended.

  10. Phased array ultrasonic technology (PAUT) contribution to detection and sizing of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of service water systems and shutdown coolers heat exchangers in OPG CANDU stations

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    Three PAUT techniques [linear scan - longitudinal waves, sector scan -longitudinal waves and sector scan-transverse waves] were developed and validated to assess the MIC attack in service water systems (SWS) and shutdown coolers heat-exchangers (SDC-HX) of Darlington and Pickering CANDU stations. PAUT employs linear array probes with a frequency between 4-12 MHz, depending on surface conditions, component geometry and MIC size/category to be detected. Examples from lab validation and field trials are presented. Based on field trials results, the techniques were optimized and new cal blocks were manufactured. It was demonstrated for mid-length pipes and for SDC-HX, the PAUT is the best technique compared with D-meter conventional UT and with guided waves. The expected field accuracy is about 0.5 mm (0.020) for large MIC attack. The ligament evaluation is technically achievable for colonies / pin holes located 2 mm under the outer surface. Improvements were identified and implemented for the next outages. (author)

  11. Phased array ultrasonic technology (PAUT) contribution to detection and sizing of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of service water systems and shutdown coolers heat exchangers in OPG CANDU stations

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    Ciorau, P.; Pullia, L.; Hazelton, T., E-mail: peter.ciorau@opg.com, E-mail: lou.pullia@opg.com, E-mail: trek.hazelton@opg.com [Ontario Power Generation, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Daks, W. [CAD WIRE, Markham, Ontario (Canada)

    2008-07-01

    Three PAUT techniques [linear scan - longitudinal waves, sector scan -longitudinal waves and sector scan-transverse waves] were developed and validated to assess the MIC attack in service water systems (SWS) and shutdown coolers heat-exchangers (SDC-HX) of Darlington and Pickering CANDU stations. PAUT employs linear array probes with a frequency between 4-12 MHz, depending on surface conditions, component geometry and MIC size/category to be detected. Examples from lab validation and field trials are presented. Based on field trials results, the techniques were optimized and new cal blocks were manufactured. It was demonstrated for mid-length pipes and for SDC-HX, the PAUT is the best technique compared with D-meter conventional UT and with guided waves. The expected field accuracy is about 0.5 mm (0.020{sup )} for large MIC attack. The ligament evaluation is technically achievable for colonies / pin holes located 2 mm under the outer surface. Improvements were identified and implemented for the next outages. (author)

  12. Bicycle helmet ventilation and comfort angle dependence.

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    Brühwiler, Paul A; Ducas, Charline; Huber, Roman; Bishop, Phillip A

    2004-09-01

    Five modern bicycle helmets were studied to elucidate some of the variations in ventilation performance, using both a heated manikin headform and human subjects (n = 7). Wind speed and head angle were varied to test their influence on the measured steady-state heat exchange (cooling power) in the skull section of the headform. The cooling power transmitted by the helmets varied from about 60% to over 90% of that of the nude headform, illustrating the range of present manufacturer designs. Angling the head forward by 30 degrees was found to provide better cooling power to the skull (up to 25%) for three of the helmets and almost equal cooling power in the remaining two cases. Comparisons of skull ventilation at these angles with human subjects strongly supported the headform results.

  13. Pulsed ultrasonic stir welding method

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    Ding, R. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of performing ultrasonic stir welding uses a welding head assembly to include a plate and a rod passing through the plate. The rod is rotatable about a longitudinal axis thereof. In the method, the rod is rotated about its longitudinal axis during a welding operation. During the welding operation, a series of on-off ultrasonic pulses are applied to the rod such that they propagate parallel to the rod's longitudinal axis. At least a pulse rate associated with the on-off ultrasonic pulses is controlled.

  14. Fundamentals of ultrasonic phased arrays

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    Schmerr, Lester W

    2014-01-01

    This book describes in detail the physical and mathematical foundations of ultrasonic phased array measurements.?The book uses linear systems theory to develop a comprehensive model of the signals and images that can be formed with phased arrays. Engineers working in the field of ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) will find in this approach a wealth of information on how to design, optimize and interpret ultrasonic inspections with phased arrays. The fundamentals and models described in the book will also be of significant interest to other fields, including the medical ultrasound and

  15. Properties of ultrasonic testing systems

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    For a long time, ultrasonic testing of reactor components and plants whose safety had to meet high demands, lacked definitions of the required properties of the ultrasonic testing system. The standard draft DIN 25 450 states demands on the ultrasonic testing unit and the test heads and recommends measuring methods to determine their properties. With test units and test heads meeting the demands of the draft a better reproducibility of the test is obtained than before; the improved test statement results in an increased safety during production and operation of components and plants. (orig./HP)

  16. Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique for the Ultrasonic Evaluation of Friction Stir Welds

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    Lévesque, D.; Dubourg, L.; Mandache, C.; Kruger, S. E.; Lord, M.; Merati, A.; Jahazi, M.; Monchalin, J.-P.

    2008-02-01

    An ultrasonic technique using numerical focusing and processing is presented in this paper for the detection of different types of flaws in friction stir welds (FSW). The data is acquired using immersion ultrasonic technique or laser ultrasonics, while the Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique (SAFT) is used for numerical focusing. Measurements on the top and far sides of the weld for both lap and butt joints of thin aluminum sheets are investigated. Discontinuities such as wormholes, hooking, lack of penetration and voids are found to be easily detected. The limit of detectability and a comparison with mechanical properties are discussed. Also, the detection of joint line remnants or kissing bonds due to entrapped oxide layers seems possible in lap joint structures using high frequency laser-ultrasonics.

  17. Ultrasonic Guided Wave Simulation Toolbox for Virtual Inspection of Composites Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Ultrasonic guided wave nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques are being used to detect flaws and damage in fracture critical structures such as composites. In...

  18. Ultrasonic testing of turbine rotors with hooped disks

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    Alsthom-Atlantique has developed ultrasonic testing methods for in-service inspection of the low-pressure rotors of 900 MW steam turbines; they allow to detect fatigue cracks which grow from the rotor shaft/disk interface, either within the shaft, or in the disks, without removing the disks

  19. Transferring manual ultrasonic inspection procedures - results of a pilot study

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    Anderson, M.; Taylor, T. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kadenko, I. [Ukraine Nondestructive Training and Certification Facility (Ukraine)

    2002-07-01

    Results of a manual ultrasonic pilot study for NDE specialists at RBMK nuclear reactor sites are presented. Probabilities of detection and false calls, using two different grading criteria, are estimated. Analyses of performance parameters lead to conclusions regarding attributes for improved test discrimination capabilities. (orig.)

  20. Liquid ultrasonic flow meters for crude oil measurement

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    Kalivoda, Raymond J.; Lunde, Per

    2005-07-01

    Liquid ultrasonic flow meters (LUFMs) are gaining popularity for the accurate measurement of petroleum products. In North America the first edition of the API standard ''Measurement of liquid hydrocarbons by ultrasonic flow meters using transit time technology'' was issued in February 2005. It addresses both refined petroleum products and crude oil applications. Its field of application is mainly custody transfer applications but it does provide general guidelines for the installation and operation of LUFM's other applications such as allocation, check meters and leak detection. As with all new technologies performance claims are at times exaggerated or misunderstood and application knowledge is limited. Since ultrasonic meters have no moving parts they appear to have fewer limitations than other liquid flow meters. Liquids ultrasonic flow meters, like turbine meters, are sensitive to fluid properties. It is increasingly more difficult to apply on high viscosity products then on lighter hydrocarbon products. Therefore application data or experience on the measurement of refined or light crude oil may not necessarily be transferred to measuring medium to heavy crude oils. Before better and more quantitative knowledge is available on how LUFMs react on different fluids, the arguments advocating reduced need for in-situ proving and increased dependency on laboratory flow calibration (e.g. using water instead of hydrocarbons) may be questionable. The present paper explores the accurate measurement of crude oil with liquid ultrasonic meters. It defines the unique characteristics of the different API grades of crude oils and how they can affect the accuracy of the liquid ultrasonic measurement. Flow testing results using a new LUFM design are discussed. The paper is intended to provide increased insight into the potentials and limitations of crude oil measurement using ultrasonic flow meters. (author) (tk)

  1. Ultrasonic isolation of buried pipes

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    Leinov, Eli; Lowe, Michael J. S.; Cawley, Peter

    2016-02-01

    Long-range guided wave testing (GWT) is used routinely for the monitoring and detection of corrosion defects in above ground pipelines. The GWT test range in buried, coated pipelines is greatly reduced compared to above ground configurations due to energy leakage into the embedding soil. In this paper, the effect of pipe coatings on the guided wave attenuation is investigated with the aim of increasing test ranges for buried pipelines. The attenuation of the T(0,1) and L(0,2) guided wave modes is measured using a full-scale experimental apparatus in a fusion-bonded epoxy (FBE)-coated 8 in. pipe, buried in loose and compacted sand. Tests are performed over a frequency range typically used in GWT of 10-35 kHz and compared with model predictions. It is shown that the application of a low impedance coating between the FBE layer and the sand effectively decouples the influence of the sand on the ultrasound leakage from the buried pipe. Ultrasonic isolation of a buried pipe is demonstrated by coating the pipe with a Polyethylene (PE)-foam layer that has a smaller impedance than both the pipe and sand, and has the ability to withstand the overburden load from the sand. The measured attenuation in the buried PE-foam-FBE-coated pipe is found to be substantially reduced, in the range of 0.3-1.2 dB m-1 for loose and compacted sand conditions, compared to measured attenuation of 1.7-4.7 dB m-1 in the buried FBE-coated pipe without the PE-foam. The acoustic properties of the PE-foam are measured independently using ultrasonic interferometry and incorporated into model predictions of guided wave propagation in buried coated pipe. Good agreement is found between the experimental measurements and model predictions. The attenuation exhibits periodic peaks in the frequency domain corresponding to the through-thickness resonance frequencies of the coating layer. The large reduction in guided wave attenuation for PE-coated pipes would lead to greatly increased GWT test ranges; such

  2. Inspection of pipeline girth welds with ultrasonic phased array technique

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    2005-01-01

    A novel automatic ultrasonic system used for the inspection of pipeline girth welds is developed, in which a linear phased array transducer using electronic scan is adopted. Optimal array parameters are determined based on a mathematical model of acoustic field for linear phased array derived from Huygens' principle. The testing method and the system structure are introduced. The experimental results show that the phased array transducer system has the same detectability as that of conventional ultrasonic transducer system, but the system architecture can be simplified greatly, and the testing flexibility and the testing speed can be improved greatly.

  3. Flaw imaging and ultrasonic techniques for characterizing sintered silicon carbide

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    Baaklini, G.Y.; Abel, P.B.

    1987-08-01

    The capabilities were investigated of projection microfocus x-radiography, ultrasonic velocity and attenuation, and reflection scanning acoustic microscopy for characterizing silicon carbide specimens. Silicon carbide batches covered a range of densities and different microstructural characteristics. Room temperature, four point flexural strength tests were conducted. Fractography was used to identify types, sizes, and locations of fracture origins. Fracture toughness values were calculated from fracture strength and flaw characterization data. Detection capabilities of radiography and acoustic microscopy for fracture-causing flaws were evaluated. Applicability of ultrasonics for verifying material strength and toughness was examined.

  4. Attenuation of ultrasonic Rayleigh–Lamb waves by small horizontal defects in thin aluminium plates

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    Gilchrist, M. D.

    1999-01-01

    The present paper illustrates how horizontal symmetric crack-like defects can be detected rapidly in thin isotropic plates by using longitudinal ultrasonic waves. The use of such longitudinal waves offers the potential of being significantly faster for non-destructively detecting defects than conventional ultrasonic techniques, which rely on transverse waves propagating through the thickness of a plate. Computational and analytical methods are used to predict reflection coefficients due to th...

  5. A practical ultrasonic plethysmograph

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    Wu, V. C.; Nickell, W. T.; Bhagat, P. K.

    1982-01-01

    An ultrasonic plethysmograph, which gives improved performance over the standard Whitney Strain Gauge, is described. This instrument monitors dimension changes in human limbs by measuring the transit times of acoustic pulses across two chords of the limb. In the case of a small uniform expansion, the percentage change in limb volume is shown to be proportional to twice the percentage change in either of the measured chords. Measurement of two chords allows correction for possible non-uniform expansion. In addition, measurement of two chords allows an estimate of the absolute cross-sectional area of the limb. The developed instrument incorporates a microprocessor, which performs necessary calculation and control functions. Use of the microprocessor allows the instrument to be self-calibrating. In addition, the device can be easily reprogrammed to incorporate improvements in operating features or computational schemes.

  6. Studies of ultrasonic dehydration efficiency

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    Vladimir N. KHMELEV; Andrey V. SHALUNOV; Roman V. BARSUKOV; Denis S. ABRAMENKO; Andrey N. LEBEDEV

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this investigation was to define the effectiveness of non-contact drying using ultrasonic vibrations. Disk radiators were used for carrying out experiments, and a special drying chamber was designed to provide resonant amplification of ultrasonic vibrations (from 130 to 150 dB). Drying of ginseng and other vegetables demonstrated that the application of ultrasonic vibrations reduced power inputs by 20% in comparison with convective drying. It also led to a decrease of 6% in final moisture content, if the duration of drying was constant. The level of intensification of ultrasonic drying was high (up to 50 g for 1 kg of drying material), which helped to lower the temperature of the drying agent and improve the quality of the dried products.

  7. Three-dimensional imaging of biological cells with picosecond ultrasonics

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    Danworaphong, Sorasak; Tomoda, Motonobu; Matsumoto, Yuki; Matsuda, Osamu; Ohashi, Toshiro; Watanabe, Hiromu; Nagayama, Masafumi; Gohara, Kazutoshi; Otsuka, Paul H.; Wright, Oliver B.

    2015-04-01

    We use picosecond ultrasonics to image animal cells in vitro—a bovine aortic endothelial cell and a mouse adipose cell—fixed to Ti-coated sapphire. Tightly focused ultrashort laser pulses generate and detect GHz acoustic pulses, allowing three-dimensional imaging (x, y, and t) of the ultrasonic propagation in the cells with ˜1 μm lateral and ˜150 nm depth resolutions. Time-frequency representations of the continuous-wavelet-transform amplitude of the optical reflectivity variations inside and outside the cells show GHz Brillouin oscillations, allowing the average sound velocities of the cells and their ultrasonic attenuation to be obtained as well as the average bulk moduli.

  8. Inservice surveillance and diagnostic ultrasonic system of steamgenerator tubing

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    A versatile ultrasonic inspection systrem is described which can produce fast, accurate, bore-side non-destructive examination of tubes with a minimum inside diameter (ID) of 9mm. It is designed for remote operation and has primarily been applied to the inspection of nuclear reactor steam generator tubes. The ultrasonic measurements are based on the immersion pulse-echo and/or pitch-catch techniques. Details are given of the main system components - the ultrasonic probes, the calibration/guide tube, the push/puller axial probe driver, the local control unit, and the data acquisition and analysis systems. Illustrations of the application of the system are provided. These include sleeve weld inspection, ID profile/cross section measurement, wall thickness measurement and axial and circumferential crack detection. (UK)

  9. Ultrasonic testing for transverse defects in mixed alloy seams

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    In 2000, several defects in mixed welds were reported from abroad. Investigations showed that they were caused by stress corrosion cracking, usually in axial direction and at right angles to the circumferential direction of the welds. Ultrasonic testing is difficult because of the coarse grain structure, the crystal orientation, and the high degree of elastic anisotropy. Further, buffering between the ferritic material and the weld delays the propagation of ultrasonic waves. Currently, international research projects focus on improved signal processing and on optimized strategies for qualification of ultrasonic test methods. In the case of the qualification procedure currently applied at the EPRI center, phased arrays with 4'7 elements, a frequency of 1.5 MHz and an aperture of 12'20 mm are used. The test probe is mounted on the outer surface of the pipes and can detect defects on the inside. Parallel to the experiments, model calculations were carried out to validate the measured results. (orig.)

  10. [Ultrasonic diagnosis of neuroinfections in the newborn and infants].

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    Filippkin, M A; Kal'naia, T V; Kal'noĭ, A M

    1993-01-01

    The authors discuss the potentialities of the ultrasonic method in the diagnosis of brain involvement in the newborns and infants with neuroinfections. Ultrasonic examination was carried out in 75 infants aged 4 days to 15 months. Fifteen infants suffered from specific neuroinfections that developed in utero (toxoplasmosis, cytomegalia, listerosis), the rest 60 developed inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (meningitis, meningoencephalitis, ventriculitis). The examinations were performed in the real time regimen with a frequency of 3.5-7.5 MHz. In all the cases the diagnosis was confirmed by clinical and laboratory findings. Specific changes in the brain morphology were detected at the early stages of inflammatory processes of various origins. Ultrasonic examinations help identify the type of the pathologic process, its dissemination and complications (dislocation, cerebral ventricles dilatation, abscesses, hygromas).

  11. Fractional Fourier Transform for Ultrasonic Chirplet Signal Decomposition

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A fractional fourier transform (FrFT based chirplet signal decomposition (FrFT-CSD algorithm is proposed to analyze ultrasonic signals for NDE applications. Particularly, this method is utilized to isolate dominant chirplet echoes for successive steps in signal decomposition and parameter estimation. FrFT rotates the signal with an optimal transform order. The search of optimal transform order is conducted by determining the highest kurtosis value of the signal in the transformed domain. A simulation study reveals the relationship among the kurtosis, the transform order of FrFT, and the chirp rate parameter in the simulated ultrasonic echoes. Benchmark and ultrasonic experimental data are used to evaluate the FrFT-CSD algorithm. Signal processing results show that FrFT-CSD not only reconstructs signal successfully, but also characterizes echoes and estimates echo parameters accurately. This study has a broad range of applications of importance in signal detection, estimation, and pattern recognition.

  12. A Simple Model for Nonlinear Confocal Ultrasonic Beams

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    ZHANG Dong; ZHOU Lin; SI Li-Sheng; GONG Xiu-Fen

    2007-01-01

    @@ A confocally and coaxially arranged pair of focused transmitter and receiver represents one of the best geometries for medical ultrasonic imaging and non-invasive detection. We develop a simple theoretical model for describing the nonlinear propagation of a confocal ultrasonic beam in biological tissues. On the basis of the parabolic approximation and quasi-linear approximation, the nonlinear Khokhlov-Zabolotskaya-Kuznetsov (KZK) equation is solved by using the angular spectrum approach. Gaussian superposition technique is applied to simplify the solution, and an analytical solution for the second harmonics in the confocal ultrasonic beam is presented.Measurements are performed to examine the validity of the theoretical model. This model provides a preliminary model for acoustic nonlinear microscopy.

  13. Computer-aided ultrasonic inspection of steam turbine rotors

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    Mayer, K.H.; Weber, M.; Weiss, M. [GEC ALSTHOM Energie GmbH, Nuremberg (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    As the output and economic value of power plants increase, the detection and sizing of the type of flaws liable to occur in the rotors of turbines using ultrasonic methods assumes increasing importance. An ultrasonic inspection carried out at considerable expense is expected to bring to light all safety-relevant flaws and to enable their size to be determined so as to permit a fracture-mechanics analysis to assess the reliability of the rotor under all possible stresses arising in operation with a high degree of accuracy. The advanced computer-aided ultrasonic inspection of steam turbine rotors have improved reliability, accuracy and reproducibility of ultrasonic inspection. Further, there has been an improvement in the resolution of resolvable group indications by applying reconstruction and imagine methods. In general, it is also true for the advanced computer-aided ultrasonic inspection methods that, in the case of flaw-affected forgings, automated data acquisition provides a substantial rationalization and a significant documentation of the results for the fracture mechanics assessment compared to manual inspection. (orig.) 8 refs.

  14. Ultrasonic Resonance Spectroscopy of Composite Rims for Flywheel Rotors

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    Harmon, Laura M.; Baaklini, George Y.

    2002-01-01

    Flywheel energy storage devices comprising multilayered composite rotor systems are being studied extensively for utilization in the International Space Station. These composite material systems were investigated with a recently developed ultrasonic resonance spectroscopy technique. The ultrasonic system employs a continuous swept-sine waveform and performs a fast Fourier transform (FFT) on the frequency response spectrum. In addition, the system is capable of equalizing the amount of energy at each frequency. Equalization of the frequency spectrum, along with interpretation of the second FFT, aids in the evaluation of the fundamental frequency. The frequency responses from multilayered material samples, with and without known defects, were analyzed to assess the capabilities and limitations of this nondestructive evaluation technique for material characterization and defect detection. Amplitude and frequency changes were studied from ultrasonic responses of thick composite rings and a multiring composite rim. A composite ring varying in thickness was evaluated to investigate the full thickness resonance. The frequency response characteristics from naturally occurring voids in a composite ring were investigated. Ultrasonic responses were compared from regions with and without machined voids in a composite ring and a multiring composite rim. Finally, ultrasonic responses from the multiring composite rim were compared before and after proof spin testing to 63,000 rpm.

  15. Risk assessment of turbine rotor failure using probabilistic ultrasonic non-destructive evaluations

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    Guan, Xuefei; Zhang, Jingdan; Zhou, S. Kevin [Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology, 755 College Rd. E., Princeton NJ 08540 (United States); Rasselkorde, El Mahjoub; Abbasi, Waheed A. [Siemens Energy Inc., 841 Old Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh PA 15239 (United States)

    2014-02-18

    The study presents a method and application of risk assessment methodology for turbine rotor fatigue failure using probabilistic ultrasonic nondestructive evaluations. A rigorous probabilistic modeling for ultrasonic flaw sizing is developed by incorporating the model-assisted probability of detection, and the probability density function (PDF) of the actual flaw size is derived. Two general scenarios, namely the ultrasonic inspection with an identified flaw indication and the ultrasonic inspection without flaw indication, are considered in the derivation. To perform estimations for fatigue reliability and remaining useful life, uncertainties from ultrasonic flaw sizing and fatigue model parameters are systematically included and quantified. The model parameter PDF is estimated using Bayesian parameter estimation and actual fatigue testing data. The overall method is demonstrated using a realistic application of steam turbine rotor, and the risk analysis under given safety criteria is provided to support maintenance planning.

  16. Tools for ultrasonic hot embossing

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    Liao, Sijie

    2016-01-01

    Ultrasonic hot embossing is an emerging technology enabling molding of thermo-plastic polymers in seconds. A stack of polymer foils is heated by the friction between the foils and protruding microstructures on a tool when ultrasonic vibrations are generated by a sonotrode. The polymer is molten and adapts to the shape of the microstructures on the tool. Thus, a micro structure is generated in much shorter time than by injection molding or hot embossing. The objective of this work was investig...

  17. Ultrasonic Evaluation of Well Integrity

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    Hoel, Kristian

    2014-01-01

    This thesis presents the acoustic theory behind current ultrasonic cement evaluation tools. The UltraSonic Imager tool's pulse echo technique and the new Isolation Scanner tool's pitch-catch leaky lamb wave measuring technique is explained. A laboratory experiment is conducted on a steel casing set-up (BeCaLoS) designed by SINTEF Petroleum Research to test, and highlight weaknesses of these measuring techniques. Both evaluation methods are successfully performed under four differen...

  18. Application of Ultrasonic Detection Technology for Inner Wall Oxide Layer Thickness Measurement in Thermal Power Industry%内壁氧化膜超声波检测技术在火力发电行业的应用

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    邱燕飞; 金学峰; 张启礼

    2015-01-01

    The basic principle and equipment performance of heating surface tube inner wall oxide layer ultrasonic detection technology is introduced. This technique can be used as a rapid and accurate measurement of inner wall oxide layer thickness, which is suitable for batch testing. In addition, the speciifc application of this technology in furnace tube metal layer thickness measurement, the inner wall oxide layer dynamic monitoring, equivalent temperature calculation and furnace tube life prediction is discussed and analyzed in detail. This technology can provide support for furnace tube security assessment and life prediction that could play an important role in guaranteeing the safe and economical operation of power plant boiler and inspection guidance, and has good application prospect in thermal power industry.%介绍了受热面管内壁氧化膜超声波检测技术的基本原理和仪器设备,该技术可对受热面管内壁氧化膜厚度进行快速、准确测量,适用于批量检测。在此基础上,进一步对该项技术在管壁金属层厚度测量、内壁氧化膜动态监测、当量温度计算以及炉管寿命预测方面的具体应用进行了较为详细地阐述和分析。通过检测内壁氧化膜厚度,对高温受热面管的安全状况进行评价、预测其剩余寿命,对于电站锅炉的安全经济运行、指导检验检修方面具有重要作用,在火力发电行业具有良好的应用前景。

  19. Detecting gas leaks by ultrasonic emission

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    Rasmussen, Karsten Bo; Henriksen, Eigil

    1997-01-01

    for estimation of the attenuation of sound during free field propagation outdoors has been developed and used for simulations. A number of curves of sound attenuation under varying temperature and humitidy conditions are shown. A crude overall estimate is provided.Computer simulations of the influence...... of the ground reflection on the received sound level have been carried out. These simulations have been carried out for the case of no wind and for one downwind and one upwind example. One of the conclusions is that the receiver should be located several meters over the ground in order to reduce the influence...

  20. Ultrasonically detectable cerebellar haemorrhage in preterm infants.

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    McCarthy, Lisa Kenyon

    2011-07-01

    To determine the frequency and pattern of cerebellar haemorrhage (CBH) on routine cranial ultrasound (cUS) imaging in infants of ≤32 weeks gestation, and to investigate how extremely preterm infants with CBH differ from those with severe intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH).

  1. Application of ultrasonic phased array technique for inspection of stud bolts in nuclear reactor vessel

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    The stud bolt is one of crucial parts for safety of reactor vessels in nuclear power plants. Cracks initiation and propagation were reported in stud bolts using closure of reactor vessel and head. Stud bolts are inspected by ultrasonic technique during overhaul periodically for the prevention of stud bolt failure and radioactive leakage from nuclear reactor. In conventional ultrasonic testing for inspection of stud bolts, crack was detected by using shadow effect. It take too much time to inspect stud bolt by using conventional ultrasonic technique. In addition, there were numerous spurious signal reflected from every thread. In this study, the advanced ultrasonic phased array technique was introduced for inspect stud bolts. The phased array technique provide fast inspection and high detectability of defects. There are sector scanning and linear scanning method in phased array technique, and these scanning methods were applied to inspect stud bolt and detectability was investigated.

  2. 油气输送埋弧焊接钢管超声波自动探伤系统的研制与应用%Development and Application of Ultrasonic Automatic Flaw Detection System for Oil and Gas Pipeline Submerged Arc Welded Steel Pipe

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    常少文; 吕育栋; 曹华勇; 田岩平; 刘常庆; 韩玉朝; 孙志敏

    2012-01-01

    分析了油气输送埋弧痒接钢管超声波自动探伤系统的组成结构、检测原理、实施方案以及应用状况。该系统采用单元化和模块化结构设计,可任意组合成探伤通道数为1~N的数字化多通道超声波自动探伤系统。配合探伤操作程序,可做到对复杂缺陷回波的准确评价和严格筛选,有效地避免了系统的误报警,实现了缺陷的自动判别、自动报警、自动存储和缺陷波形动态回放,提高了超声波自动探伤检测的准确性和可靠性,误判率〈2%,漏检率为0。%The structure, inspection theory and construction scheme of an ultrasonic automatm flaw ctetecuon system for oil and gas pipeline submerged arc welded steel pipe, together with its application, are introduced. It uses the modular structure and can be any combination of 1 to N channels of a multi-channel digital ultrasonic automatic flaw detection systerrL With the careful program of flaw detection operation, it can evaluate correctly and select strictly for complex flaw echo, and its error in alarm can be effectively avoided. The review of flaw echo waveform overcomes insufficiency of flaw category nondescript in ultrasonic automatic inspection, and achieves misinformation rate smaller than 2%, fail to report rate to 0.

  3. Flexible ultrasonic transducers for structural health monitoring

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    Flexible ultrasonic transducers (FUTs) which have on-site installation capability are presented for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) purposes. These FUTs typically consist of a 70 μm thick piezoelectric lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) composite (PZT-c) coated by a sol-gel spray technique on a 75 μm thick titanium (Ti) membrane. Such an FUT was glued onto a steel pipe of 101 mm in diameter and 4.5 mm in wall thickness and heated at up to 200oC with the glue serving as a high temperature ultrasonic couplant. The pipe thickness measurement accuracy at 200oC is estimated to be 13 μm. FUTs were also glued onto the end edge of a 2 mm thick aluminum (Al) plate to generate and receive predominantly shear-horizontal (SH) plate acoustic waves (PAWs) to detect simulated line defects at temperatures of up to 100oC. FUTs, glued onto a graphite/epoxy (Gr/Ep) composite plate, were also used for the detection of an artificial disbond. An induction type non-contact method for the evaluation of Al plates and Gr/Ep composites using FUTs is also demonstrated. (author)

  4. NON DESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS USING ULTRASONIC SPECTROSCOPY

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    1990-01-01

    The non destructive evaluation of the carbon epoxy composite materials (often used in aeronautics) is a difficult matter. The classical control methods prove unsatisfactory for the detection of distributed defects (like delaminations and porosities), which affect severely the mechanical properties of composite parts. Ultrasonic echography (A scan mode) allows for the detection of some kinds of delaminations, but the interpretation of the echographic signal remains difficult in the case of por...

  5. Noncontact ultrasonic thickness measurements of thin aluminium sheet

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    A method has been described for the noncontact ultrasonic thickness measurements of thin aluminium sheets, using a Q-switched ruby laser generation concentric with an annular electro-magnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) detection to imitate pulse-echo system. The detected waveforms were analyzed with the cut-off frequences of the higher order lamb modes. The results show in a good egreement with micrometer measurements within 2% discrepancy. (authors). 22 refs, 6 figs

  6. Ultrasonic speech translator and communications system

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    Akerman, M. Alfred; Ayers, Curtis W.; Haynes, Howard D.

    1996-01-01

    A wireless communication system undetectable by radio frequency methods for converting audio signals, including human voice, to electronic signals in the ultrasonic frequency range, transmitting the ultrasonic signal by way of acoustical pressure waves across a carrier medium, including gases, liquids, or solids, and reconverting the ultrasonic acoustical pressure waves back to the original audio signal. The ultrasonic speech translator and communication system (20) includes an ultrasonic transmitting device (100) and an ultrasonic receiving device (200). The ultrasonic transmitting device (100) accepts as input (115) an audio signal such as human voice input from a microphone (114) or tape deck. The ultrasonic transmitting device (100) frequency modulates an ultrasonic carrier signal with the audio signal producing a frequency modulated ultrasonic carrier signal, which is transmitted via acoustical pressure waves across a carrier medium such as gases, liquids or solids. The ultrasonic receiving device (200) converts the frequency modulated ultrasonic acoustical pressure waves to a frequency modulated electronic signal, demodulates the audio signal from the ultrasonic carrier signal, and conditions the demodulated audio signal to reproduce the original audio signal at its output (250).

  7. Ultrasonic measurements and technologies

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    Kočiš, Štefan

    1996-01-01

    An impulse for writing this book has originated from the effort to sum­ marize and publicise the acquired results of a research team at the De­ partment of Automation of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and In­ formatics, Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. The research team has been involved for a long time with control problems for machine production mechanisms and, in recent (approximately 15) years, its effort was aimed mostly at the control of electrical servosystems of robots. Within this scope, the members of the authors' staff solved the State Re­ search Task Ultrasonic sensing of the position of a robot hand, which was coordinated by the Institute of Technical Cybernetics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. The problem was solved in a complex way, i.e. from a conceptual de­ sign of the measurement, through the measurement and evaluation sys­ tem, up to connection to the control system of a robot. Compensation of the atmospheric influence on the precision of measurement,...

  8. Model-based inversion for the characterization of crack-like defects detected by ultrasound in a cladded component; Etude d'une methode d'inversion basee sur la simulation pour la caracterisation de fissures detectees par ultrasons dans un composant revetu

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    Haiat, G

    2004-03-01

    This work deals with the inversion of ultrasonic data. The industrial context of the study in the non destructive evaluation of the internal walls of French reactor pressure vessels. Those inspections aim at detecting and characterizing cracks. Ultrasonic data correspond to echographic responses obtained with a transducer acting in pulse echo mode. Cracks are detected by crack tip diffraction effect. The analysis of measured data can become difficult because of the presence of a cladding, which surface is irregular. Moreover, its constituting material differs from the one of the reactor vessel. A model-based inverse method uses simulation of propagation and of diffraction of ultrasound taking into account the irregular properties of the cladding surface, as well as the heterogeneous nature of the component. The method developed was implemented and tested on a set of representative cases. Its performances were evaluated by the analysis of experimental results. The precision obtained in the laboratory on experimental cases treated is conform with industrial expectations motivating this study. (author)

  9. 21 CFR 872.4850 - Ultrasonic scaler.

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    2010-04-01

    ... DEVICES DENTAL DEVICES Surgical Devices § 872.4850 Ultrasonic scaler. (a) Identification. An ultrasonic scaler is a device intended for use during dental cleaning and periodontal (gum) therapy to...

  10. [Ultrasonics in endodontics: mechanism of action].

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    Pacheco Plaza, M C; Kessler Nieto, F; Orts Rodríguez, M T; Ruiz de Temiño Malo, P

    1989-01-01

    The present study, first of three dwelling with ultrasonics in endodontic therapy, is a review of the literature about mechanisms involved and appliance of some of the sonic and ultrasonic system. PMID:2700391

  11. A study on Pc- based ultrasonic testing system using intelligent ultrasonic flaw classification software

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    For convenient application of ultrasonic pattern recognition approaches in practical field inspection of weldments, we have developed an intelligent ultrasonic flaw classification system by the novel combination of two ingredients; 1) a PC-based ultrasonic testing system, and 2) an intelligent ultrasonic flaw classification software with an invariant ultrasonic pattern recognition algorithm. Here, key aspects of this intelligent system are addressed including the Pc-based ultrasonic testing system, enhancement of the performance by use of newly proposed ultrasonic features, and feature selection.

  12. Study of ultrasonic thermometry based on ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement

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    Ruixi Jia

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasonic thermometry is a kind of acoustic pyrometry and it has been evolving as a new temperature measurement technology for various environment. However, the accurate measurement of the ultrasonic time-of-flight is the key for ultrasonic thermometry. In this paper, we study the ultrasonic thermometry technique based on ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement with a pair of ultrasonic transducers for transmitting and receiving signal. The ultrasonic transducers are installed in a single path which ultrasonic travels. In order to validate the performance of ultrasonic thermometry, we make a contrast about the absolute error between the measured temperature value and the practical one. With and without heater source, the experimental results indicate ultrasonic thermometry has high precision of temperature measurement.

  13. Study of ultrasonic thermometry based on ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement

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    Jia, Ruixi; Xiong, Qingyu; Wang, Lijie; Wang, Kai; Shen, Xuehua; Liang, Shan; Shi, Xin

    2016-03-01

    Ultrasonic thermometry is a kind of acoustic pyrometry and it has been evolving as a new temperature measurement technology for various environment. However, the accurate measurement of the ultrasonic time-of-flight is the key for ultrasonic thermometry. In this paper, we study the ultrasonic thermometry technique based on ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement with a pair of ultrasonic transducers for transmitting and receiving signal. The ultrasonic transducers are installed in a single path which ultrasonic travels. In order to validate the performance of ultrasonic thermometry, we make a contrast about the absolute error between the measured temperature value and the practical one. With and without heater source, the experimental results indicate ultrasonic thermometry has high precision of temperature measurement.

  14. Ultrasonic stir welding process and apparatus

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    Ding, R. Jeffrey (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    An ultrasonic stir welding device provides a method and apparatus for elevating the temperature of a work piece utilizing at least one ultrasonic heater. Instead of relying on a rotating shoulder to provide heat to a workpiece an ultrasonic heater is utilized to provide ultrasonic energy to the workpiece. A rotating pin driven by a motor assembly performs the weld on the workpiece. A handheld version can be constructed as well as a fixedly mounted embodiment.

  15. Generation of tone burst laser ultrasonic waves and its acoustic nonlinearity

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    Optical system for generating tone burst ultrasonic wave is introduced and the actual waveform is demonstrated. 4 high power pulse lasers were used for excitation and the stabilized Michelson laser interferometer was used as detection. On the other hand, we tried to investigate the nonlinear acoustic effect of the generated tone burst laser ultrasonic wave. In thermo-elastic region, the nonlinearity did not appear because the absolute amplitude of ultrasonic wave was so small less than 0.5 nm. Whereas, in ablation region, fairly strong nonlinearity appeared because the absolute amplitude of receiving signal was quite large up to about 2 nm.

  16. Automatic ultrasonic testing and the LOFT in-service inspection program

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    An automatic ultrasonic testing system has been developed which significantly improves the flaw indication detection and characterization capability over the capability of conventional volumetric examination techniques. The system utilizes an accurately located ultrasonic sensor to generate the examination data. A small computer performs and integrates control and data input/output functions. Computer software has been developed to provide a rigorous method for data analysis and ultrasonic image interpretation. The system has been used as part of an in-service inspection program to examine welds in thich austenitic stainless steel pipes in a small experimental nuclear reactor

  17. Determination of gas pressure in voids in epoxy casting using an ultrasonic measuring technique

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    Larsen, Esben; Petersen, C. Bak; Henriksen, Mogens

    1990-01-01

    Results of measurements performed on a large open void, where pressure can be controlled from the outside, are compared to the theory of ultrasound transmission. The results verify the theory that the attenuation of transmitted ultrasonic signals through a void depends on the gas pressure inside...... the void. The results are based on the use of time delay spectrometry. This method gives a sufficiently high signal-to-noise ratio for detecting the transmitted part of the ultrasonic signal which has travelled through the void. Because of differences in the density and velocity of ultrasonic signals...... for the materials involved, that part of the signal is dependent on the pressure inside the void...

  18. Development of ultrasonic transducer with high resistance to temperature and radiation

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    Ordinary ultrasonic transducers cannot be used to inspect equipment at a high radiation facility such as vitrification facility or fusion reactor. IHI has developed an ultrasonic transducer with high resistance to temperature and radiation and confirmed the radiation tolerance up to 10 MGy. IHI has applied the ultrasonic transducer to lid welding inspection of vitrification packages, and obtained good results such as clear detection of an artificial 0.5 mm diameter hole penetrating the stainless steel lid welding. This technology could be applied to ISI (In-Service Inspection) of nuclear plants, ensuring safe operation of nuclear plants. (author)

  19. Analysis of partial discharge Ultrasonic wave characteristic on typical Defects in GIS

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    Yang Jing Gang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available For analyzing partial discharge ultrasonic wave characteristic on typical defects in SF6 gas insulation switchgear (GIS, a 110 kV GIS was taken as an object to design and simulate the typical partial discharge models in GIS. There are point electrode model on bus and cavity of GIS, floating electrode model, air interstice model in insulator, metal particle and iron core electromagnetic shock models. PD signals on different defects were thus detected with the ultrasonic method. The experimental results indicated that the ultrasonic signals of different defects showed different characteristics in waveform, amplitude and phase resolved partial discharge chart, which is helpful in PD pattern recognition for GIS.

  20. Performance demonstration for an automated ultrasonic testing system for piping welds

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    This paper addresses the implementation of an automated ultrasonic testing (AUT) system qualification by performance demonstration (PD) as imposed by the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section XI. To improve the reliability of the ultrasonic testing results for nuclear power plant (NPP) components, almost all engineering codes related to NPP inspection require the ultrasonic inspection systems to be qualified by passing a PD examination. In this study, an AUT system developed to inspect pipe welding parts in NPPs is introduced. To acquire a Korean Performance Demonstration (KPD) qualification, the developed system had a KPD. System obtained the qualification for flaw detection, length, and depth sizing from KPD. (author)

  1. Inspection of tubing defects with ultrasonic guided waves

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    The purpose of this study is to show the utility of ultrasonic guided waves in 439 stainless steel heat exchanger and Inconel steam generator tubing inspection. Phase velocity and group velocity dispersion curves for the longitudinal and flexural modes of a sample Inconel steam generator tube were presented. In experimental studies, ultrasonic guided wave applications were demonstrated for man made flaws. For the detection of EDM wears under a tube support plate in the heater exchanger tubing, a bore probe generated axisymmetric longitudinal guided wave modes in the tubing. For the detection and sizing of circumferential Laser notches in Inconel steam generator tubes, a variable angle beam transducer set up was used. Excellent detection results were demonstrated for EDM wears and Laser Notches with various modes and L(0,1) modes, respectively. Circumferential sizing of Laser notches was achieved with L(0,1) mode at 3.5 MHz.

  2. Laser-Ultrasonic Testing and its Applications to Nuclear Reactor Internals

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    Ochiai, M.; Miura, T.; Yamamoto, S.

    2008-02-01

    A new nondestructive testing technique for surface-breaking microcracks in nuclear reactor components based on laser-ultrasonics is developed. Surface acoustic wave generated by Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and detected by frequency-stabilized long pulse laser coupled with confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer is used to detect and size the cracks. A frequency-domain signal processing is developed to realize accurate sizing capability. The laser-ultrasonic testing allows the detection of surface-breaking microcrack having a depth of less than 0.1 mm, and the measurement of their depth with an accuracy of 0.2 mm when the depth exceeds 0.5 mm including stress corrosion cracking. The laser-ultrasonic testing system combined with laser peening system, which is another laser-based maintenance technology to improve surface stress, for inner surface of small diameter tube is developed. The generation laser in the laser-ultrasonic testing system can be identical to the laser source of the laser peening. As an example operation of the system, the system firstly works as the laser-ultrasonic testing mode and tests the inner surface of the tube. If no cracks are detected, the system then changes its work mode to the laser peening and improves surface stress to prevent crack initiation. The first nuclear industrial application of the laser-ultrasonic testing system combined with the laser peening was completed in Japanese nuclear power plant in December 2004.

  3. High temperature pressure coupled ultrasonic waveguide

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    A pressure coupled ultrasonic waveguide is provided to which one end may be attached a transducer and at the other end a high temperature material for continuous ultrasonic testing of the material. The ultrasonic signal is coupled from the waveguide into the material through a thin, dry copper foil

  4. Ultrasonic ash/pyrite liberation

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    Yungman, B.A.; Buban, K.S.; Stotts, W.F.

    1990-06-01

    The objective of this project was to develop a coal preparation concept which employed ultrasonics to precondition coal prior to conventional or advanced physical beneficiation processes such that ash and pyrite separation were enhanced with improved combustible recovery. Research activities involved a series of experiments that subjected three different test coals, Illinois No. 6, Pittsburgh No. 8, and Upper Freeport, ground to three different size fractions (28 mesh [times] 0, 200 mesh [times] 0, and 325 mesh [times] 0), to a fixed (20 kHz) frequency ultrasonic signal prior to processing by conventional and microbubble flotation. The samples were also processed by conventional and microbubble flotation without ultrasonic pretreatment to establish baseline conditions. Product ash, sulfur and combustible recovery data were determined for both beneficiation processes.

  5. Lamb Wave Helical Ultrasonic Tomography

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    Leonard, K. R.; Hinders, M. K.

    2004-02-01

    Ultrasonic guided waves have been used for a wide variety of ultrasonic inspection techniques. We describe here a new variation called helical ultrasound tomography (HUT). This new technique, among other things, has direct application to advanced pipe inspection. HUT uses guided ultrasonic waves along with an adaptation of the tomographic reconstruction algorithms developed by seismologists for what they call "cross borehole" tomography. In HUT, the Lamb-like guided waves travel in various helical crisscross paths between two parallel circumferential transducer arrays instead of the planar crisscross seismic paths between two boreholes. Although the measurement itself is fairly complicated, the output of the tomographic reconstruction is a readily interpretable map of a quantity of interest such as pipe wall thickness. We demonstrate the feasibility of the HUT technique via laboratory scans on steel pipe segments into which controlled thinnings have been introduced.

  6. Dependences of ultrasonic properties on the propagation angle with respect to the trabecular alignment in trabecular bone

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    The present study aims to investigate the dependences of ultrasonic properties on the propagation angle with respect to the trabecular alignment in 12 bovine femoral trabecular bone samples. The phase velocity and the attenuation coefficient of the fast wave measured at 0.5 MHz were found to decrease significantly with increasing angle and had their maximum values at 0 .deg. , i.e., for wave propagation in a direction parallel to the predominant trabecular alignment. The present study applied the angle-dependent Biot model by introducing anisotropy into the Biot model through the angle-dependent Young's, bulk, and shear moduli of the skeletal frame for trabecular bone to predict the measurements. Good agreement between the measurements and the prediction of the fast wave velocity suggests that the anisotropic fast wave velocity as a function of the propagation angle is mainly due to the variation in the elastic moduli of the skeletal frame with respect to the trabecular alignment.

  7. Very high temperature ultrasonic thermometer

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    An ultrasonic thermometer comprises an electric pulse transducer head, a pulse transmission line, a notched sensor wire attached to and extending along the axis of said transmission line and a sheath enclosing the transmission line and the sensor wire, a portion of the interior face of the sheath being covered by a stuffing material along at least the length of the notched part of the sensor wire, such that contact between the sensor wire and the stuffing material does not substantially give rise to reflection of an ultrasonic pulse at the point of contact. (author)

  8. Flow measurement by ultrasonic method

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    An Ultrasonic Flow Meter (USFM) wasdeveloped to measure flow velocity of high temperature fluid in a pipe. To protect ultrasonic transducers from high temperature, guide rods were used. From the study on mechanical structure and acoustic property, the guide rod and the electronic circuit were improved to have capabilities of temperature compensation, quick response, high accuracy and not to be easily disturbed by bubbles contained in the fluid flow. Using a water flow loop, the test results proved the accuracy of +-1.0 percent and response time of 10 m sec

  9. Ultrasonic large aperture imaging system

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    A new ultrasonic large aperture imaging technique is described. This device combines a focussed transducer as a transmitter, producing a small ultrasonic beam, with N transducers as receivers. We show that is possible to considerably reduce the number of receivers if, on the one hand, we limit the reconstitution process to the emitter beam area and, on the other hand, we ensure that the artefacts, caused by the spatial sampling of the reception, are outside this area. Under these conditions, the result is a high resolution image which does not require large reconstitution processing times. Theoretical and experimental results are given

  10. On line ultrasonic integrated backscatter

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    A new equipment for on-line evaluation of index based on two-dimensional integrated backscatter from ultrasonic images is described. The new equipment is fully integrated into a B-mode ultrasonic apparatus which provides a simultaneous display of conventional information together with parameters of tissue characterization. The system has been tested with a backscattering model of microbubbles in polysaccharide solution, characterized by a physiological exponential time decay. An exponential fitting to the experimental data was performed which yielded r=0.95

  11. Final results of double-shell tank 241-AN-105 ultrasonic inspection

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    JENSEN, C.E.

    1999-08-23

    This document presents the results and documentation of the nondestructive ultrasonic examination of tank 241-AN-105. A tank inspection supplier was retained to provide and use an ultrasonic examination system (equipment, procedures, and inspectors) to scan a limited area of double-shell tank 241-AN-105 primary tank wall primary knuckle, and secondary tank bottom. The inspection found some indication of general and local wall thinning with no cracks detected.

  12. Nickel Based Coatings Containing TiN Nanoparticles Prepared by Ultrasonic-Electrodeposition Technology

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    Yong Wang; Fafeng Xia; Chao Liu; Hongyan Yin

    2013-01-01

    In order to enhance the surface properties of steel substrates, nano Ni-TiN composite coatings were prepared using ultrasonic-electrodeposition technology in this study. The effects of ultrasonic on composite coatings were studied. The X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) study had been utilized to detect the crystalline and amorphous characteristics of Ni-TiN composite coatings. The surface morphology and metallurgical structure of composite coatings were observed with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) ...

  13. Estimating adipose tissue in the chest wall using ultrasonic and alternate 40K and biometric measurements

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    The percentage of adipose (fat) tissue in the chest wall must be known to accurately measure Pu in the human lung. Correction factors of 100% or more in x-ray detection efficiency are common. Methods using simple 40K and biometric measurement techniques were investigated to determine the adipose content in the human chest wall. These methods predict adipose content to within 15% of the absolute ultrasonic value. These new methods are discussed and compared with conventional ultrasonic measurement techniques

  14. Laser ultrasonics and guided waves for the thickness estimation of thin layers

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    Lefèvre, Fabien; Jenot, Frédéric; Ouaftouh, Mohammadi; Duquennoy, Marc; Ourak, Mohamed

    2010-01-01

    The dispersion of guided waves has been probed to estimate the thickness of a thin gold layer deposited on a two inches silicon wafer. Ultrasonic waves were generated and detected in a non-destructive and non-contact way using a laser ultrasonic setup. The guided waves dispersion curves were experimentally obtained with a two-dimensional Fourier transform, revealing the propagation of several modes. The development and the study of an analytical model allowed the determination of the most sen...

  15. Ultrasonic monitoring of material processing using clad buffer rod sensors

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    Ramos Franca, Demartonne

    Ultrasonic sensors and techniques are developed for in-line monitoring of polymer extrusion, cleanliness of molten metals and liquid flow speed at elevated temperature. Pulse-echo mode is used for the first two processes, while the through-transmission mode is applied in the third one. The ultrasonic probe consists of high performance clad buffer rods with different dimensions to thermally isolate the commercial ultrasonic transducer from materials at high temperature. The clad buffer rods are made of steel, polymer and ceramic. Steel clad buffer rods are introduced for in-line monitoring of polymer extrusion processes. Owing to its superior performance in pulse-echo mode, for the first time such a probe is installed and performs ultrasonic monitoring in the die of a co-extrusion machine and in the barrel section of a twin-screw extruder. It can reveal a variety of information relevant to process parameters, such as polymer layer thickness, interface location and adhesion quality, stability, or polymer composition change. For the ultrasonic monitoring of polymer processes, probes with acoustic impedance that matches that of the processed polymer may offer certain advantages such as quantitative viscoelastic evaluation; thus high temperature polymer clad buffer rods, in particular PEEK, are developed. It is demonstrated that this new probe exhibits unique advantages for in-line monitoring of the cure of epoxies and polymer extrusion process. Long steel clad buffer rods with a spherical focus lens machined at the probing end are proposed for cleanliness evaluation of molten metals. The potential of this focusing probe is demonstrated by means of high-resolution imaging and particles detection in molten zinc at temperatures higher than 600°C, using a single probe operated at pulse-echo mode. A contrapropagating ultrasonic flowmeter employing steel clad buffer rods is devised to operate at high temperature. It is demonstrated that these rods guide ultrasonic signals

  16. A finite element model of ultrasonic extrusion

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    Lucas, M [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ (United Kingdom); Daud, Y, E-mail: m.lucas@mech.gla.ac.u [College of Science and Technology, UTM City Campus, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2009-08-01

    Since the 1950's researchers have carried out investigations into the effects of applying ultrasonic excitation to metals undergoing elastic and plastic deformation. Experiments have been conducted where ultrasonic excitation is superimposed in complex metalworking operations such as wire drawing and extrusion, to identify the benefits of ultrasonic vibrations. This study presents a finite element analysis of ultrasonic excitation applied to the extrusion of a cylindrical aluminium bar. The effects of friction on the extrusion load are reported for the two excitation configurations of radially and axially applied ultrasonic vibrations and the results are compared with experimental data reported in the literature.

  17. Dental hard tissue characterization using laser-based ultrasonics

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    Blodgett, David W.; Massey, Ward L.

    2003-07-01

    Dental health care and research workers require a means of imaging the structures within teeth in vivo. One critical need is the detection of tooth decay in its early stages. If decay can be detected early enough, the process can be monitored and interventional procedures, such as fluoride washes and controlled diet, can be initiated to help re-mineralize the tooth. Currently employed x-ray imaging is limited in its ability to visualize interfaces and incapable of detecting decay at a stage early enough to avoid invasive cavity preparation followed by a restoration. To this end, non-destructive and non-contact in vitro measurements on extracted human molars using laser-based ultrasonics are presented. Broadband ultrasonic waves are excited in the extracted sections by using a pulsed carbon-dioxide (CO2) laser operating in a region of high optical absorption in the dental hard tissues. Optical interferometric detection of the ultrasonic wave surface displacements in accomplished with a path-stabilized Michelson-type interferometer. Results for bulk and surface in-vitro characterization of caries are presented on extracted molars with pre-existing caries.

  18. In situ ultrasonic surface wave assesment of fatigue damage accumulation in AL 6061

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    This work investigated in situ characterization of room temperature fatigue damage in Al6061 material using an ultrasonic surface wave technique. The goal of the work was to show that an in situ surface wave technique would provide valuable information concerning fatigue damage initiation and accumulated process in Al6061 material of aircraft application. Two kinds of plate specimen were made for this study. The specimens were at least 160 mm in length to accommodate the ultrasonic surface wave transducer with 2 or 4 MHz frequency, while the specimen is held in the grips of MTS hydraulic fatigue test machine. Once the transducer were in place, ultrasonic data was recorded by both digital ultrasonic flaw detecter(USD10) and computer before the fatigue tests were started. The fatigue tests were then started and the specimen were cycled to the desired number of cycles and finally to the fracture of specimen. The ultrasonic data were recorded for two kinds of applied stress level with the some stress ratio(R=0.01). It was found clearly that the velocity and attenuation of ultrasonic surface wave were changed due to the number of fatigue cycle as well as the change of applied stress levels. From the results, the applicability of in situ ultrasonic surface wave technique to evaluate successive change of fatigue damage of Al6061 was discussed in more details.

  19. A process optimization study on ultrasonic extraction of paclitaxel from Taxus cuspidata.

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    Wang, Shujie; Li, Chun; Wang, Hujun; Zhong, Xiangmei; Zhao, Jing; Zhou, Yajun

    2016-04-01

    This study aimed to improve the extraction rate of paclitaxel from Taxus cuspidata in order to determine the most effective combination of ultrasonic extraction and thin-layer chromatography-ultraviolet (TLC-UV) rapid separation method. The study was performed using the Box-Behnken test design to conduct single-factor experiments using ultrasonic extraction of paclitaxel from Taxus cuspidata. The study showed ethanol to be the best extraction solvent. When mixed with dichloromethane (1:1), the ratio of material to liquid was 1:50 when using an ultrasonic time of 1 hr at a power of 200 W. The correction coefficient K for the separation and detection of paclitaxel using the TLC-UV spectrophotometric method was 0.009152. Multifactor experiments determined the effect of the rate of liquid to material (X1), ultrasonic time (X2), and ultrasonic power (X3) on extraction using extraction volume as the dependent variable. Response surface analysis allowed a regression equation to be obtained, with the optimal conditions for extraction when the rate of liquid to material was 53.23 mL/g as an ultrasonic time of 1.11 hr and an ultrasonic power of 207.88 W. Using these parameters, the average amount of extracted paclitaxel was about 130.576 µg/g, which was significantly better than for other extraction methods. PMID:25830908

  20. High-Performance Acousto-Ultrasonic Scan System Being Developed

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    Roth, Don J.; Martin, Richard E.; Cosgriff, Laura M.; Gyekenyesi, Andrew L.; Kautz, Harold E.

    2003-01-01

    Acousto-ultrasonic (AU) interrogation is a single-sided nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technique employing separated sending and receiving transducers. It is used for assessing the microstructural condition and distributed damage state of the material between the transducers. AU is complementary to more traditional NDE methods, such as ultrasonic cscan, x-ray radiography, and thermographic inspection, which tend to be used primarily for discrete flaw detection. Throughout its history, AU has been used to inspect polymer matrix composites, metal matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites, and even monolithic metallic materials. The development of a high-performance automated AU scan system for characterizing within-sample microstructural and property homogeneity is currently in a prototype stage at NASA. This year, essential AU technology was reviewed. In addition, the basic hardware and software configuration for the scanner was developed, and preliminary results with the system were described. Mechanical and environmental loads applied to composite materials can cause distributed damage (as well as discrete defects) that plays a significant role in the degradation of physical properties. Such damage includes fiber/matrix debonding (interface failure), matrix microcracking, and fiber fracture and buckling. Investigations at the NASA Glenn Research Center have shown that traditional NDE scan inspection methods such as ultrasonic c-scan, x-ray imaging, and thermographic imaging tend to be more suited to discrete defect detection rather than the characterization of accumulated distributed microdamage in composites. Since AU is focused on assessing the distributed microdamage state of the material in between the sending and receiving transducers, it has proven to be quite suitable for assessing the relative composite material state. One major success story at Glenn with AU measurements has been the correlation between the ultrasonic decay rate obtained during AU

  1. Advanced welding for closed structure. Pt. 2 The ultrasonic approach

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    Sacripanti, A.; Paoloni, M.; Sagratella, G. [ENEA Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy). Dipt. Innovazione

    1999-07-01

    This report describes the activities developed for the European Contract BRITE AWCS III to study the use of ultrasonic sensing techniques to obtain an accurate detection of the internal reinforcement of the closed steel structures employed in the shipbuilding industry. After a description of the methods, techniques and problems for the ultrasonic testing of materials in the conventional approach, a new method of the multiple reflection-absorption is introduced with their experimental tests and results. The obtained conclusion shows that the ultrasonic non destructive testing techniques in the new approach should be useful to assemble a complete sensing system with two receivers, one thermal and one ultrasonic. [Italian] Questo rapporto descrive le attivita' sperimentali sviluppate nell'ambito del contratto europeo BRITE AWCS III, in cui si sono utilizzate tecniche ultrasoniche per ottenere un preciso rilevamento dei rinforzi interni di strutture metalliche chiuse utilizzate nell'industria delle costruzioni navali. Dopo la descrizione dei metodi, delle tecniche e dei problemi riguardanti il testing ultrasonico dei materiali, e' stato introdotto un approccio innovativo basato sul metodo dell'assorbimento delle riflessioni multiple con i risultati sperimentali. Le conclusioni ottenute mostrano che nel nuovo approccio, il testing ultrasonico non distruttivo dovrebbe essere utile per assemblare un sistema sensoriale con due sensori, uno di tipo termico, uno di tipo ultrasonico.

  2. Specific ultrasonic inspection methods for steam generator tubes

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    Framatome has developed a computerized equipment for inspecting PWR steam generator tubes using a rotating ultrasonic probe. Firstly devoted to the examination of the roll transition zone at the tube sheet secondary side level, the testing system can also operate now for inspections at the tube support plate levels. It is used independently for specific tube inspection, or it can be integrated into a broader-purpose system for sleeve weld testing, etc. The testing results are displayed in real time by means of two eight-level coded colored maps. Some applications, ranging from mockup testing to on-site inspection, are presented in this paper. In conclusion: An automated ultrasonic real-time imaging system for tube-wall thickness measurement, internal profilometry, and flaw detection, has been developed. This system has been successfully applied for on-site specific inspections within an industrial environment. In all cases the ultrasonic acquisition time was less than two minutes per tube. It should be pointed out that analysis of this new set of ultrasonic inspection results should also improve understanding of the in-service behaviour of these materials and components

  3. Ultrasonic testing device for pipes with an acoustic coupling liquid

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    System for the ultrasonic testing of tubes comprising: a probe consisting of an ultrasonic transducer integral with a mirror receiving the ultrasonic wave emitted by the transducer and centred according to the axis of the probe, a mechanism to move the probe inside the tube under inspection, facilities for detecting ultrasonic echoes returned by the tube. It also features facilities for introducing an acoustic coupling liquid in the capacity included between the tube, the transducer and the mirror when the probe enters the tube being tested as well as for drawing off this liquid when the probe is withdrawn from the tube. These facilities mainly include a soft bag tank filled with the liquid and located at the lower part of the probe and communicating with the capacity to be filled with the liquid. This bag becomes flat when entering the tube after the probe and thus pushes part of the liquid it contains towards this capacity. This liquid assembles again by gravity in the bag when it leaves the tube being tested and returns to its usual shape

  4. Miniature, high efficiency transducers for use in ultrasonic flow meters

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    Saikia, Meghna

    This thesis is concerned with the development of a new type of miniature, high efficiency transducer for use in ultrasonic flow meters. The proposed transducer consists of a thin plate of a suitable piezoelectric material on which an inter-digital transducer is fabricated for the generation and detection of plate acoustic waves. When immersed in a fluid medium, this device can convert energy from plate acoustic waves (PAWs) into bulk acoustic waves (BAWs) and vice versa. It is shown that this mode coupling principle can be used to realize efficient transducers for use in ultrasonic flow meters. This transducer can be mounted flush with the walls of the pipe through which fluid is flowing, resulting in minimal disturbance of fluid flow. A prototype flow cell using these transducers has been designed and fabricated. The characteristics of this device have been measured over water flow rates varying from 0 to 7.5 liters per minute and found to be in good agreement with theory. Another attractive property of the new transducers is that they can be used to realize remotely read, passive, wireless flow meters. Details of methods that can be used to develop this wireless capability are described. The research carried out in this thesis has applications in several other areas such as ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE), noncontact or air coupled ultrasonics, and for developing wireless capability in a variety of other acoustic wave sensors.

  5. Federal technology alert: Ultrasonic humidifiers

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    1998-11-01

    Humidifiers are used in buildings to maintain humidity levels to ensure quality and handling capabilities in manufacturing processes, to lower the transmission rate of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals, to reduce static electricity in manufacturing clean rooms and in computer rooms, and to provide higher levels of employee comfort in offices. Ultrasonic humidifiers generate a water mist without raising its temperature. An electronic oscillation is converted to a mechanical oscillation using a piezo disk immersed in a reservoir of mineral-free water. The mechanical oscillation is directed at the surface of the water, where at very high frequencies it creates a very fine mist of water droplets. This adiabatic process, which does not heat the supply water, reduces humidifier energy use by 90 to 93% compared with systems that do boil the water. Ultrasonic humidifiers have been demonstrated to be more efficient and to require less maintenance than competing humidifier technologies such as electrode canisters, quartz lamps, and indirect steam-to-steam. They do not require anticorrosive additives that affect the indoor air quality of buildings using direct steam humidifiers. There are two potential disadvantages of ultrasonic humidifiers. They must use mineral-free, deionized water or water treated with reverse osmosis. Treated water reduces maintenance costs because it eliminates calcium deposits, but increases other operating costs. Also, the cool mist from ultrasonic humidifiers absorbs energy from the supply air as it evaporates and provides a secondary cooling effect.

  6. Calculations for Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Transducers

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    Jensen, Henrik

    1986-01-01

    Analysis of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers implies a solution of a boundary value problem, for a boay which consists of different materials, including a piezoelectric part. The problem is dynamic at frequencies, where a typical wavelength is somewhat less than the size of the body. Radiation...

  7. Atmospheric contamination during ultrasonic scaling

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    Timmerman, MF; Menso, L; Steinfort, J; van Winkelhoff, AJ; van der Weijden, GA

    2004-01-01

    Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the microbial atmospheric contamination during initial periodontal treatment using a piezoelectric ultrasonic scaler in combination with either high-volume evacuation (HVE) or conventional dental suction (CDS). Methods: The study included 17 treatmen

  8. Thin Wall Pipe Ultrasonic Inspection through Paint Coating

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    Predoi, Mihai Valentin; Petre, Cristian Cătălin

    Classical ultrasonic inspection of welds is currently done for plates thicker than 8 mm. The inspection of but welds in thin walled pipes has considerable implementation difficulties, due to guided waves dominating ultrasonic pulses propagation. Generation of purely symmetric modes, either torsional or longitudinal, requires a circumferential uniform distribution of transducers and dedicated inspection equipment, which are increasing the inspection costs. Moreover, if the surface is paint coated, the received signals are close to the detection level. The present work implies a single transducer, coupled to the painted surface. The proper choice of the guided mode and frequency range, allows the detection of a standard, small diameter through thickness hole. In this way, the inspection of pipe welds can use the same equipment as for thick materials, with only wedge adaptation.

  9. Application of Ultrasonic Techniques for Brain Injury Diagnosis

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    Kasili, P.M.; Mobley, J.; Norton, S.J.; Vo-Dinh, T.

    1999-09-19

    In this work, we evaluate methods for detecting brain injury using ultrasound. We have used simulations of ultrasonic fields in the head to model the phase distortion of the skull. In addition we present experimental data from the crania of large animals. The experimental data help us understand and evaluate the performance of different transducers in acquiring the backscatter data from the brain through the skull. Both the simulations and acquired data illustrate the superiority of lower-frequency (<= 1 MHz) ultrasonic fields for transcranial acquisition of signals from inside the brain. Additionally, the experimental work shows that the higher-frequency (5 MHz) ultrasound can also be useful in acquiring clean nearfield data to help detect the position of the inner boundary of the skull.

  10. Highly reproducible Bragg grating acousto-ultrasonic contact transducers

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    Saxena, Indu Fiesler; Guzman, Narciso; Lieberman, Robert A.

    2014-09-01

    Fiber optic acousto-ultrasonic transducers offer numerous applications as embedded sensors for impact and damage detection in industrial and aerospace applications as well as non-destructive evaluation. Superficial contact transducers with a sheet of fiber optic Bragg gratings has been demonstrated for guided wave ultrasound based measurements. It is reported here that this method of measurement provides highly reproducible guided ultrasound data of the test composite component, despite the optical fiber transducers not being permanently embedded in it.

  11. Residual stress profiling of an aluminum alloy by laser ultrasonics

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    PAN Yondong; QIAN Menglu; XU Weijiang; M. OURAK

    2004-01-01

    A residual-stress profile along the thickness of an aluminum alloy sheet is determined by laser-ultrasonic technique. Surface acoustic waves are generated by a Nd:YAG pulse laser and detected by a Heterodyne interferometer on a lateral free surface of the sheet. The distribution of residual stress is determined by measuring the relative variation of the wavevelocities at different location of the sample along its thickness. This technique is validated by three different residual stress profiles obtained experimentally.

  12. Inservice surveillance and diagnostic ultrasonic system of steamgenerator tubing

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    A versatile ultrasonic inspection system known as NERASON is described. NERASON offers fast, accurate, bore-side non-destructive examination of tubes with internal diameters less than 9mm. It can be used to detect and size complex structural faults and to determine sleeve weld integrity, wall thickness and ID profiles. It has many applications and here is described for the inspection of steam generator tubes in nuclear power plants. (UK)

  13. Ultrasonic inspection of turbine rotor discs for stress corrosion cracking

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    Stress corrosion cracking in turbine discs and keyways has been recognised for a number of years as a problem. Magnox Electric has devised and implemented a strategy to manage the threat from SCC, based on a probabilistic risk assessment technique. An important input to the risk assessment is a knowledge of existing defects and Magnox Electric has undertaken a major programme of work to develop ultrasonic inspection techniques and equipment for SCC detection and sizing in the relevant disc geometries. (author)

  14. SmartBall™: Free Swimming Leak Detection System

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    2008-01-01

    Leak detection systems measure ultrasonic noise, infrared temperature variances or electrical flux to detect leakage in structures like, pipes, tanks, geo-membrane retaining structures etc. SmartBall® is a free flowing leak detection system developed by Pure Technologies. It consists of a foam ball that has a smaller aluminum ball at its core. This aluminum core houses an ultrasonic device that sends ultrasonic signals and also collects the reflected sound waves.

  15. Frogs Communicate by Means of Ultrasonic Sounds

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    2006-01-01

    @@ People are always fascinated by ways that some members of mammalian species (such as dolphins, bats and some rodents) communicate using sounds that we cannot hear. But think twice if you say the capacity of producing and detecting ultrasounds (frequencies greater than 20kHz) is limited to mammalians. A study implemented by Prof. SHEN Junxian from the CAS Institute of Biophysics (IBP) and colleagues in CAS and abroad showed that a rare frog species in China should also be added to that list. It is the first documented case of a non-mammalian species being able to use ultrasonic communication. Their work was reported in the March 16 issue of the journal Nature.

  16. Internal ultrasonic testing of steam generator tubes

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    The ''in situ'' inspection of steam generator tubes uses generally Foucault currents before starting and along its life. This inspection aims at searching cracks and corrosion defects. The Foucault current method is quite badly adapted to ''closed crack'' detection, for it doesn't introduce neither resistivity or magnetic permeability variation, or lack of matter. More, it is sensible to the magnetic properties of the tube itself and to its environment (tubular or support plates). It is why, this first systematic inspection has to be completed by an ultrasonic one allowing to bring new elements in the uncertain cases. A device with an internal probe has been developed. It ''lights'' the tube wall with the aid of a transducer of which beam reflects on a mirror. Operating conditions are the same as for Foucault current testing, that is to say the probe moves inside the tube without rotation of the device (bent parts are excluded)

  17. The value and ultrasonic detection of renal artery stenosis in renovascular hypertensive canine%肾血管性高血压犬中肾动脉狭窄的超声检测及价值

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    田作军; 由天辉; 廖海星; 王晓明; 陈长兵; 沈粤春; 陈惠芬; 曾玲; 汤庆; 陆亚琴

    2012-01-01

    目的 研究肾血管性高血压犬中肾动脉狭窄的超声检测方法及其对模型建立的影响.方法 12只beagle犬按双侧肾动脉直径狭窄率分为>80%组、70%~80%组及假手术组,并以双肾双夹法(2k2c)建立肾血管性高血压犬模型.术后1周以彩超检测缩窄犬狭窄处及狭窄远段的肾动脉口径及血流收缩期峰值流速(PSV),并与假手术犬相对照计算肾动脉的狭窄率;在术前1天,术后第2天、4个月、8个月及12个月动态检测犬的尿素氮(BUN)及肌酐(Cr);术后1年比较缩窄犬及假手术犬的肾脏及颈动脉的病理结果.结果 实验早期,连续2只双侧肾动脉狭窄>80%犬在术后4天内因急性肾功能衰竭而死亡,该分组被放弃;5只双侧肾动脉缩窄70% ~80%犬均形成高血压;术后第7天彩超证实:左右两侧肾动脉的狭窄率分别为(73.9±4.2)%及(73.2±4.4)%,这和左右肾动脉狭窄处的PSV与假手术犬左右肾动脉的平均PSV的比率相一致;术后1年,病理切片发现缩窄犬部分肾组织透明样变性,颈动脉有明显斑块形成,BUN和Cr无明显改变.5只假手术犬术后血压无明显升高,术后1年肾组织及颈动脉无明显异常改变.结论 肾动脉缩窄到合适的程度是2k2c法建立肾血管性高血压犬模型的关键性技术;彩超能够准确检测肾血管性高血压犬肾动脉的狭窄程度,为实验做出指导.%Objective To investigate the ultrasonic detection method ant influence on model establishment of renal artery stenosis in renovascular hypertensive canine.Methods Twelve beagles in this experiment were assigned to stenosis rate > 80%,70% ~ 80% and sham-operated group according to the bilateral renal artery diameter stenosis,and induced renovascular hypertension by 2 kidney 2 clip (2k2c) method.One week after operation,the diameter on the stenosis site and the distal segment of renal artery and the corresponding peak systolic velocity (PSV) in

  18. Survey report on unmanned site welding of austenitic stainless steel pipe and its ultrasonic examination

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    In the field welding of austenitic stainless steel pipings and its non-destructive test in complicated and narrow places, reliable welding method and non-destructive testing method are required, and also, it is desirable to mechanize them (unmanned operation). In this study, the present state of the automatic welding of austenitic stainless steel pipings and ultrasonic flaw detection was investigated through the literatures in Japan and foreign countries. As the result, it was clarified that energetic research has been made recently to mechanize the welding, and though many points are left for future research and development, it is promising. In the ultrasonic flaw detection, many technical problems concerning the detectability of flaws remain at present, but is is expected to become feasible by future systematic research and development. The design of weld joints, the welding method and the remote automatic control of welding operation must be appropriate for guaranteeing the quality of welding, and these points were surveyed. The problems in the ultrasonic flaw detection are the attenuation of ultrasonic waves, the conditions of probes, the mode of wave motion and frequency, and the welding suitable to the ultrasonic flaw detection. (Kako, I.)

  19. Intense ultrasonic clicks from echolocating toothed whales do not elicit anti-predator responses or debilitate the squid Loligo pealeii

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    Wilson, Maria; Hanlon, Roger T.; Tyack, Peter L; Madsen, Peter T.

    2007-01-01

    Toothed whales use intense ultrasonic clicks to echolocate prey and it has been hypothesized that they also acoustically debilitate their prey with these intense sound pulses to facilitate capture. Cephalopods are an important food source for toothed whales, and there has probably been an evolutionary selection pressure on cephalopods to develop a mechanism for detecting and evading sound-emitting toothed whale predators. Ultrasonic detection has evolved in some insects to avoid echolocating ...

  20. Dynamic mode tuning of ultrasonic guided wave using an array transducer

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    Ultrasonic guided waves have been widely employed for the long range inspection of structures such as plates, rods and pipes. In ultrasonic guided waves, however, there are numerous modes with different wave velocities, so that the generation and detection of the appropriate wave mode of the guided wave is one of key techniques in the application of guided waves. In the present work, phase tuning using an array transducer was applied to generate ultrasonic guided waves in a seamless stainless steel pipe. for this purpose, 8-channel ultrasonic pulser/receiver and their controller which enables sequential activation of each channels with given time delay were developed. Eight transducers were fabricated in order to generate guided waves by using an array transducer. The selective tuning of wave mode can be achieved by changing the interval between elements of an array transducer.

  1. Monitoring of polymeric membrane fouling in hollow fiber module using ultrasonic nondestructive testing

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    LIU Jing-xia; LI Jian-xin; CHEN Xue-mei; ZHANG Yu-zhong

    2006-01-01

    This study describes the development of novel protocols extending the real-time ultrasonic reflectometry(UTDR) for the detection of membrane fouling in hollow fiber module during ultrafiltration(UF) of oily water treatment. A specially designed acoustic sensor with a frequency of 2.5 MHz was used. The hollow fiber membranes used were polysulphone(PSf) UF membranes with MWCO 40 kDa. The wastewaters with three different oily concentrations of 100,500 and 1 000 mg/L were investigated. Diesel oil was utilized as the primary foulant. The results show that the permeate flux declines with operation time and its value becomes lower with the increase of the oily concentration in wastewater. It is found that ultrasonic measurement can detect the fouling and cleaning processes. A new signal analysis protocol-ultrasonic reflected energy was developed. Ultrasonic reflected energy obtained indicates the deposition of oily layer as a function of operation time and its removal after cleaning. The overall flux decline is reasonably correlated with the changes in ultrasonic reflected energy. This research provides the evidence that the ultrasonic reflectometry technique is capable of monitoring membrane fouling and cleaning in hollow fiber modules.

  2. Repeat scanning technology for laser ultrasonic propagation imaging

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    Laser ultrasonic scanning in combination with contact or non-contact sensors provides new paradigms in structural health management (SHM) and non-destructive in-process quality control (IPQC) for large composite structures. Wave propagation imaging technology based on laser ultrasonic scanning and fixed-point sensing shows remarkable advantages, such as minimal need for embedded sensors in SHM, minimum invasive defect visualization in IPQC and general capabilities of curved and complex target inspection, and temporal reference-free inspection. However, as with other SHM methods and non-destructive evaluation based on ultrasound, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is a prevalent issue in real structural applications, especially with non-contact thin-composite sensing or with thick and heterogeneous composites. This study proposes a high-speed repeat scanning technique for laser ultrasonic propagation imaging (UPI) technology, which is realized with the scanning speed of 1 kHz of a Q-switched continuous wave laser, and precise control of the laser beam pulses for identical point scanning. As a result, the technique enables the achievement of significant improvement in the SNR to inspect real-world composite structures. The proposed technique provides enhanced results for impact damage detection in a 2 mm thick wing box made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, despite the low sensitivity of non-contact laser ultrasonic sensing. A field-applicable pure laser UPI system has been developed using a laser Doppler vibrometer as the non-contact ultrasonic sensor. The proposed technique enables the visualization of the disbond defect in a 15 mm thick wind blade specimen made of glass-fiber-reinforced plastic, despite the high dissipation of ultrasound in the thick composite. (paper)

  3. Bruce Thompson: Adventures and advances in ultrasonic backscatter

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    Margetan, Frank J.

    2012-05-01

    Over the course of his professional career Dr. R. Bruce Thompson published several hundred articles on non-destructive evaluation, the majority dealing with topics in ultrasonics. One longtime research interest of Dr. Thompson, with applications both to microstructure characterization and defect detection, was backscattered grain noise in metals. Over a 20 year period he led a revolving team of staff members and graduate students investigating various aspects of ultrasonic backscatter. As a member of that team I had the privilege of working along side Dr. Thompson for many years, serving as a sort of Dr. Watson to Bruce's Sherlock Holmes. This article discusses Dr. Thompson's general approaches to modeling backscatter, the research topics he chose to explore to systematically elucidate a better understanding of the phenomena, and the many contributions to the field achieved under his leadership. The backscatter work began in earnest around 1990, motivated by a need to improve inspections of aircraft engine components. At that time Dr. Thompson launched two research efforts. The first led to the heuristic Independent Scatterer Model which could be used to estimate the average grain noise level that would be seen in any given ultrasonic inspection. There the contribution from the microstructure was contained in a measureable parameter known as the Figure-of-Merit or FOM. The second research effort, spearheaded by Dr. Jim Rose, led to a formal relationship between FOM and details of the metal microstructure. The combination of the Independent Scattering Model and Rose's formalism provided a powerful tool for investigating backscatter in metals. In this article model developments are briefly reviewed and several illustrative applications are discussed. These include: the determination of grain size and shape from ultrasonic backscatter; grain noise variability in engine-titanium billets and forgings; and the design of ultrasonic inspection systems to improve defect

  4. Ultrasonic waves scattering through dissimilar welds: application to characterisation of spurious echoes detected during inspection; Etude de la diffusion des ondes ultrasonores dans les soudures austeno-ferritiques: application a la caracterisation des echos de lignes observes lors du controle des soudures bimetalliques

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    Ahmed, F

    1999-07-01

    Ultrasonic testing of bimetallic welds can show the presence of structural echoes. In pulse echo mode inspections at oblique incidence, these echoes are detected close to the back-wall (surface opposite to the control). These echoes have a specific shape: the amplitude is distributed along lines parallel to the weld sides. Such echoes can disturb the inspection: they can be misinterpreted as provided by a defect, or they can mask a possible defect. The aim of this thesis is to explain this phenomenon with an interpretation based on the anisotropic property of the weld. In such a structure, specific mode conversions in the lasts welding pass arise. Mode converted waves can reflect normally on the back-wall and therefore back propagate to the transducer along the same wave path as the forward propagation. Some generalities of ultrasonic testing of bimetallic welds are given in a preliminary chapter. In the first chapter, various experiments showed that these structural echoes do not result from beam deflection in the weld and that this phenomenon occurs in the last millimeters under the back-wall. According to these results, an interpretation for these echoes based on the anisotropic and the inhomogeneous structure of the weld is given in the last welding pass, oblique compression waves may be converted into normal shear waves. The second chapter presented a theoretical analysis of these mode conversions phenomenon between two metallurgical structures with different dendrite orientations. The analysis of the welding passes metallography and a bibliographic study summarizes on the relevancy to use a orthotropic symmetry to describe the metallurgical structure of the material under test. The third chapter deals with experimental studies to confirm this hypothesis. Detection of shear waves in the last welding passes near the back-wall mock-up using a specific sensor, able to discriminate the polarisation wave at the reception, validate the mode conversion hypothesis

  5. Acousto-Ultrasonics to Assess Material and Structural Properties

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    Kautz, Harold E.

    2002-10-01

    This report was created to serve as a manual for applying the Acousto-Ultrasonic NDE method, as practiced at NASA Glenn, to the study of materials and structures for a wide range of applications. Three state of the art acousto-ultrasonic (A-U) analysis parameters, ultrasonic decay (UD) rate, mean time (or skewing factor, "s"), and the centroid of the power spectrum, "fc," have been studied and applied at GRC for NDE interrogation of various materials and structures of aerospace interest. In addition to this, a unique application of Lamb wave analysis is shown. An appendix gives a brief overview of Lamb Wave analysis. This paper presents the analysis employed to calculate these parameters and the development and reasoning behind their use. It also discusses the planning of A-U measurements for materials and structures to be studied. Types of transducer coupling are discussed including contact and non-contact via laser and air. Experimental planning includes matching transducer frequency range to material and geometry of the specimen to be studied. The effect on results of initially zeroing the DC component of the ultrasonic waveform is compared with not doing so. A wide range of interrogation problems are addressed via the application of these analysis parameters to real specimens is shown for five cases: Case 1: Differences in density in 0 SiC/RBSN ceramic matrix composite. Case 2: Effect of tensile fatigue cycling in +/-45 SiC/SiC ceramic matrix composite. Case 3: Detecting creep life, and failure, in Udimet 520 Nickel-Based Super Alloy. Case 4: Detecting Surface Layer Formation in T-650-35/PMR-15 Polymer Matrix Composites Panels due to Thermal Aging. Case 5: Detecting Spin Test Degradation in PMC Flywheels. Among these cases a wide range of materials and geometries are studied.

  6. Fatigue Crack Measurement in Composite Materials by Ultrasonic Methods

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    Walker, James L.; Russell, Samuel S.; Suits, Michael W.; Workman, Gary L.; Watson, Jason M.; Thom, Robert (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The nondestructive detection of intra-ply microcracking in unlined pressure vessels fabricated from composite materials is critical to ensuring mission success. Microcracking in composite structures due to combined fatigue and cryogenic thermal loading can be very troublesome to detect in-service and when it begins to link through the thickness can cause leakage and failure of the structure. These leaks may lead to loss of pressure/propellant, increased risk of explosion and possible cryo-pumping. The work presented herein develops a method and an instrument to locate and measure intraply fatigue cracking through the thickness of laminated composite material by means of correlation with ultrasonic resonance. Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy provides measurements which are, sensitive to both the microscopic and macroscopic properties of an object. Elastic moduli, acoustic attenuation, and geometry can all be probed. The approach is based on the premise of half-wavelength resonance. The method injects a broadband ultrasonic wave into the test structure using a swept frequency technique. This method provides dramatically increased energy input into the test article, as compared to conventional spike pulsed ultrasonics. This relative energy increase improves the ability to measure finer details in the materials character, such as micro-cracking and porosity. As the micro-crack density increases, more interactions occur with the higher frequency (small wavelength) components of the signal train causing the spectrum to shift toward lower frequencies. Preliminary experiments have verified a measurable effect on the resonance spectrum of the ultrasonic data to detect microcracking. Methods involving self organizing neural networks and other clustering algorithms show that the resonance ultrasound signatures from composites vary with the degree of microcracking and can be separated and identified.

  7. Computer-controlled Sophisticated Ultrasonic Cleaner

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The significant advantage of ultrasonic cleaning technique is the abilities to clean the delicateand complex shape materials without damaging their surfaces quickly. Ultrasonic cleaners havefound increasing applications in a variety of industries because these offer an environmentallygood alternative to ozone-depleting compounds and hazardous solvents. Also, ultrasonicvibration is one of the methods for chemical synthesis (chemical reaction and of yieldenhancement of chemical engineering process. Consequently, there is a need to developmultipurpose ultrasonic cleaner/vibrator using computer control, which can be used to set thevarious performance parameter of ultrasonic vibrator such as frequency, duty cycle, continuous/pulsed mode, duration of operation, and thermal profile of tank during the process. An ultrasoniccleaner was developed using an oscillator circuit and the duration of oscillator circuit functioningcan be set through the computer. Computerised ultrasonic cleaner using indigenously madepiezoceramic transducers and their advantages over the conventional ultrasonic cleaners are discussed.

  8. Ultrasonic measurement of liquid flow

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    The measurement of flow speeds and levels of filling in pipelines and vessels requires a process of measurement to which the medium inside the pipe or the vessel is accessible. This problem can be solved by ultrasonics: Ultrasonics can 'penetrate' solids and liquids and therefore give access to the medium from outside. In this article, a survey is given in the first part on various techniques for measuring the speed of flow of liquids. The physical principles are introduced and the boundary conditions are discussed. In the second part, a practical example of measuring the level of filling in vessels and pipelines from outside at temperatures up to 300 C is given. (orig./HM)

  9. Studies on Ultrasonic Spray Dryer (1)

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    井上, 昌夫

    1981-01-01

    Author has initiated research and development activities for a epochal ultrasonic spray dryer in order to obtain large quantities of droplets in uniform diameters, from which a practically applicable ultrasonic spray dryer would possibly be developed. Since the time Wood, Loomis et al. reported their experiments on atomization of liquids by ultrasonic power, research in this field is now widely attempted in many countries. In Japan, this field is being investigated by Ohno et al. Chiba, and M...

  10. An evaluation of depth sizing ability of ultrasonic testing by the large aperture transducer for axial crack in cast stainless steel pipe weld

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    Ultrasonic testing is difficult for cast stainless steel which is used as the material of main coolant pipes in pressurized water reactors, because of the large attenuation and scattering of ultrasonic waves caused by its macro structure. Ultrasonic testing for the axial fatigue crack on welding area in the test piece of the cast stainless pipe was performed, using the double large aperture ultrasonic probes. In this study, depth sizing of defects was performed under the positive result of the detection of defects in former study. As a result, sizing of defects with over 20mm target depth for the specimen thickness 69mm is highly possible. (author)

  11. Ultrasonic Verification of Composite Structures

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    Pelt, Maurice; Boer, Robert Jan,; Schoemaker, Christiaan; Sprik, Rudolf

    2014-01-01

    International audience Ultrasonic Verification is a new method for the monitoring large surface areas of CFRP by ultrasound with few sensors. The echo response of a transmitted pulse through the structure is compared with the response of an earlier obtained reference signal to calculate a fidelity parameter. A change in fidelity over time is indicative for a new defect in the structure. This paper presents an experimental assessment of the effectiveness and reproducibility of the method.

  12. High temperature ultrasonic transducers: review

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    Kažys, R.; Voleišis, A.; Voleišienė, B.

    2008-01-01

    The problems of development of high-temperature ultrasonic transducers for modern science and technology applications are analysed. More than 10 piezoelectric materials suitable for operation at high temperatures are overviewed. It is shown that bismuth titanate based piezoelectric elements are most promisable. Bonding methods of piezoelectric elements to a protector and backing are discussed. Thermosonic gold-to-gold bonding is most modern and possesses unique features. Our achievements in t...

  13. Weed discrimination using ultrasonic sensors

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    Andújar, Dionisio; Escolà i Agustí, Alexandre; Dorado, José; Fernández-Quintanilla, César

    2011-01-01

    A new approach is described for automatic discrimination between grasses and broad-leaved weeds, based on their heights. An ultrasonic sensor was mounted on the front of a tractor, pointing vertically down in the inter-row area, with a control system georeferencing and registering the echoes reflected by the ground or by the various leaf layers. Static measurements were taken at locations with different densities of grasses (Sorghum halepense) and broad-leaved weeds (Xanthium strumarium and D...

  14. Field proving liquid ultrasonic meters

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    Antunes, Bernardo de Castro [Emerson Process Management, Houston, TX (United States). Daniel Measurement and Control Division

    2009-07-01

    Field proving liquid ultrasonic flowmeters is not a straightforward task since these meters are designed for large volumes and flowrates transfers and provers capacities are limited. Some techniques to overcome these issues are provided on API MPMS. Pulse interpolation, master metering, a large number of proving runs are some of these techniques. This works intents to present these procedures and practices in order to give the operators a briefly view of the techniques which will lead to better proving results. (author)

  15. Ultrasonic Linear Motor with Anisotropic Composite

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    曾周末; 王新辉; 赵伯雷

    2004-01-01

    An idea to make up the vibrating body of ultrasonic motor with anisotropic composite is proposed and a linear piezoelectric motor is developed in this paper. Relative problems such as actuating mechanism, resonant frequency are discussed theoretically. According to the feature that impulse exists between the elastic body of composite ultrasonic linear motor and the base, an impulse analysis is presented to calculate the motor′s friction driving force and frictional conversion efficiency. The impulse analysis essentially explains the reason why the ultrasonic motor has great driving force, and can be applied to analyze the non-linear ultrasonic motor.

  16. Interference-free ultrasonic level measuring sensor

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    To avoid interference phenomena depending on the level, an ultrasonic level measuring sensor is proposed, which has an envelope tube around the path of the ultrasonic signal to prevent reflection. An ultrasonic transducer suspended by means of a linkage on a flange is additionally provided with a corrugated hose or a sintered metal tube around the path of the ultrasonic signal. A reference element necessary to raise the accuracy can be fitted in a cutout of the envelope tube. This device makes very precise measurement of the level possible without variations in the accuracy of measurement depending on the level, as interference due to shunt reflection is prevented. (orig./HP)

  17. Design and Development of an Ultrasonic Motion Detector

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    Zungeru, A M

    2013-01-01

    The ultrasonic motion detector devices emit ultrasonic sound energy into an area of interest (monitored area), and this further reacts to a change in the reflected energy pattern. The system uses a technique that is based on a frequency shift in reflected energy to detect a movement or change in position (motion). In this system, ultrasonic sound is transmitted from the transmitting device which is normally in the form of energy. The transmitted sound utilizes air as its medium and this travel in a wave type motion. The wave is reflected back from the surroundings in the room/hallway and the device hears a pitch characteristic of the protected environment. In this system, the wave pattern is disturbed and reflected back more quickly, thus increasing the pitch and signaling an alarm whenever motion is detected. The main contribution of this work is the design of a circuit that can sense motion through movement of anything, a low cost and portable motion detector, and the design of a circuit that can be used to...

  18. Ultrasonic examination techniques for steam generator tubing

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    Ultrasonic examination techniques for FBR steam generator tubing have been developed which provide high accuracy and high inspection rates. Typical dimensions of the steam generator tubing are 24.2 mm inner diameter and approximately 80 m length, and all tubes are helically wound. In order to perform flaw detection at high speed, three types of electronic scanning multi-array transducer units for axially and circumferentially oriented flaws in the tube and for tube-wall thinning were incorporated into one probe. With this probe, notched flaws of 0.17 mm depth (5% of the wall thickness) and 3 mm length, and tube-wall thinning of 0.2 mm could be detected in the experiments. A probe transportation system using water flow has also been developed. This system is capable of carrying the probe through the entire length of a helically coiled tube at a rate of 4-16 m/min. Inspection tests using these techniques show that flaws can be successfully detected at an inspection rate of 4 m/min. (author)

  19. Ultrasonic waveguide transducer for high temperature testing of ceramic honeycomb

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    Wang, N.; An, C. P.; Nickerson, S. T.; Gunasekaran, N.; Shi, Z.

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a practical ultrasonic waveguide transducer designed for in situ material property characterization of ceramic honeycomb at high temperatures (>1200°C) and under fast thermal cycles (>1000°C/min). The low thermal conductivity MACOR waveguide allows the use of conventional transducer (max temp. 50°C) at one end and guides ultrasonic waves into the high temperature region where the characterization is carried out. The impact of time, temperature, and heating/cooling rates on the material behavior was studied. It was demonstrated that the same transducer could also be used for in-situ crack detection during the thermal shock testing of ceramic honeycomb.

  20. FEM and ultrasonic testing for QNDE of structural adhesive joints

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    This article discusses the use of pulse-echo ultrasonic testing for the inspection of adhesive bonds between metal sheets(4mm). The method is based on the measurement of the reflection coefficient at the metal/adhesive interface. After describing briefly the physical aspects of the phenomenon, an index is defined to detect defective zone of the joint(both for the lack of adhesive and for insufficient adhesion); the influence of the experimental variables(variable stress...) on the measurement is discussed. By means of a control experiment it is shown that Stress Variation in Adhesive Joints are separate to be distinguished. In this paper, typical Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation in Adhesive Joints are evaluated together with Ultrasonic Testing and Finite Element Method.

  1. Focused ultrasonic wave testing, in immersion of spent fuel cans

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    To detect weak and very weak damage of the fuel can, ultrasonic testing has been used. For that, a simple mechanical device, allowing to maintain an optimal ultrasonic focussing on irradiated cans, is presented. Its aim is to correct the variation of the incidence angle due to the possible ovalization of pins. After a description of the device, the results obtained with tests carried out on non-irradiated cans, including artificial ovalized regions, standard defects, are presented. After the description of the adaptation of this mechanism on a test bench which allows an helicoidal exploration of pins, some results obtained in hot cell during examinations experimental pins and previously tested by Foucault current

  2. Elimination of Two Hormones by Ultrasonic and Ozone Combined Processes

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    Mingcan Cui,; Younggyu Son,; Myunghee Lim,; Seungmin Na,; Jeehyeong Khim,

    2010-07-01

    A direct ultrasonic (US) and ozone (O3) combination (US/O3) process for the removal of two hormones, estrone (E1) and estriol (E3), in aqueous solutions was investigated. These two hormones were detected in a wastewater treatment plant effluent in Korea. It was found that the ultrasonic/ozone process showed a higher removal performance than the US and O3 process even though the O3 process also showed approximately the same removal efficiency after 60 min. Chemical oxygen demand/total organic carbon (CODcr/TOC) ratios for E1 and E3 decreased, indicating that biodegradability could be increased significantly in the US/O3 process. The optimal pH condition was determined above the neutral pH condition.

  3. Improvement on the detection rate of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in fluorescence quantitation PCR by increasing sputum volume and modifying ultrasonic extraction procedure%通过增加痰液量和超声裂菌提高结核分枝杆菌荧光定量PCR检出率

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    张军; 王晓飞; 王瑞东; 韩敏; 景玲杰; 陈晋

    2014-01-01

    Objective To increase the detection rate of Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB)in real-time fluorescence quantitation polymerase chain reaction (PCR)by increasing sputum volume and modifying ultrasonic extraction of MTB DNA.Methods Sputum samples from 206 tuberculosis patients and 103 non-tuberculosis patients as controls were analyzed.Routine sputum MTB smear and liquid culture of MTB by American BD MAGIT960 system were performed.At least 5mL sputum was collected from each patient,and 2-3-fold volume of 4% NaOH solution was added to the sputum. After liquefaction,1 mL solution was used for the routine DNA extraction procedure,and the remaining part was used for the modified ultrasonic extraction procedure.Both of the extracted DNA were quantitated by real-time fluorescence quantitation PCR.Results By the modified ultrasonic extraction procedure,the MTB DNA positive detection rate increased from 87.5%(confidence interval 81.4%-93.6%)to 95.5%(confidence interval 91.7%-99.4%)(P<0.05)in the smear positive and culture positive tuberculosis patients,and the positive detection rate increased from 57.4%(confidence interval 47.5%-67.4%)to 83%(confidence interval 75.4%-90.6%)in the smear negative and culture positive tuberculosis patients (P<0.01 ).The quantity results of increasing sputum volume and modifying ultrasonic extraction procedure increased 14 folds in average by the modified ultrasonic extraction procedure.Conclusions The increasing sputum volume and modifying ultrasonic extraction procedure increase the positive detection rate of real-time fluorescence quantitation PCR for tuberculosis,which can be recommended for routine laboratory use.%目的:通过增加痰液量和超声破碎法提取痰液中的结核菌DNA,提高结核分枝杆菌实时荧光定量聚合酶链反应(PCR)的检出率。方法选择206例肺结核患者,以103例非结核患者作为对照组;肺结核患者同时进行结核菌涂片,并在美国BD公司的MAGIT960仪器上进

  4. Defect discrimination by cross correlation between ultrasonic echoes and incident waves

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    Discrimination of defects from geometric reflectors which is essential in ultrasonic inspection of piping systems in nuclear power plants is described. A new method is proposed which is based on whether or not a detected echo is of the same phase as the incident waves in the pulse echo technique. Experimental results indicate that the method can discriminate between slits and drilled holes or circular bottom surfaces at a refracted angle of 45 degrees. Discriminating between reflectors in an object to be inspected is essential to ultrasonic inspection of piping systems as well as defect sizing. Because of the ultrasonic beam spread, conventional ultrasonic methods cannot easily discriminate cracks from inner surface beams or voids based only on the reflector's location and/or the shape of the maximum echo envelope. In the hope of increasing agreement between the actual and predicted situations, the ultrasonic waveforms themselves have been utilized to classify the reflectors. One of these papers used pulse orientations of the echo, but showed that certain difficulties were still involved in evaluating them. As a simple and reliable technique, the authors present an ultrasonic echo phase technique for discriminating cracks from other reflectors. Purposes of this paper are to derive an algorithm for the echo phase evaluation and to clarify its discrimination ability through experiments

  5. Remote thickness measurement of oil slicks on water by laser-ultrasonics

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    At the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Materials Institute, research is in progress on the application of laser-ultrasonics to remote measurement of the thickness of oil on water. Laser-ultrasonics is a novel technique developed for the nondestructive inspection of materials. It uses a short pulse laser for the generation of ultrasonic waves in the oil layer and a second laser, coupled to an optical interferometer, for the remote detection of the ultrasonic surface motion. Direct measurement of the time of flight of the ultrasonic wave provides the value of the thickness of the oil layer. Application of this technique to thickness measurement of oil on water has been studied in small and large scale laboratory tests. Small scale tests demonstrate the direct and unambiguous determination of the oil layer thickness. Accuracy is essentially limited by the knowledge of the acoustic properties of the oil. Large scale tests show that a distance of almost 37 meters does not severely impede the method, so air borne application appears possible. Surface motion such as that caused by sea waves does not reduce the accuracy of the thickness determination but does limit the measurement rate. Preliminary airborne tests with a single laser probe confirm that laser-ultrasonics monitoring of the thickness of an oil spill is feasible

  6. Scanning Ultrasonic Spectroscopy System Developed for the Inspection of Composite Flywheels

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    Martin, Richard E.; Baaklini, George Y.

    2002-01-01

    Composite flywheels are being considered as replacements for chemical batteries aboard the International Space Station. A flywheel stores energy in a spinning mass that can turn a generator to meet power demands. Because of the high rotational speeds of the spinning mass, extensive testing of the flywheel system must be performed prior to flight certification. With this goal in mind, a new scanning system has been developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center for the nondestructive inspection of composite flywheels and flywheel subcomponents. The system uses ultrasonic waves to excite a material and examines the response to detect and locate flaws and material variations. The ultrasonic spectroscopy system uses a transducer to send swept-frequency ultrasonic waves into a test material and then receives the returning signal with a second transducer. The received signal is then analyzed in the frequency domain using a fast Fourier transform. A second fast Fourier transform is performed to examine the spacing of the peaks in the frequency domain. The spacing of the peaks is related to the standing wave resonances that are present in the material because of the constructive and destructive interferences of the waves in the full material thickness as well as in individual layers within the material. Material variations and flaws are then identified by changes in the amplitudes and positions of the peaks in both the frequency and resonance spacing domains. This work, conducted under a grant through the Cleveland State University, extends the capabilities of an existing point-by-point ultrasonic spectroscopy system, thus allowing full-field automated inspection. Results of an ultrasonic spectroscopy scan of a plastic cylinder with intentionally seeded flaws. The result of an ultrasonic spectroscopy scan of a plastic cylinder used as a proof-of-concept specimen is shown. The cylinder contains a number of flat bottomed holes of various sizes and shapes. The scanning system

  7. Comparative Evaluation of Two Different Ultrasonic Liquid Coolants on Dental Aerosols

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    Bhandari, Vishnudas; Ugale, Gauri; Taru, Snehal; Khaparde, Surbhi; Kulkarni, Arun; Ardale, Mukesh; Marde, Shraddha

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Dentists are more prone for developing infectious diseases especially related to respiratory system. The ultrasonic scaler which is a major source of dental aerosol production is most frequently used contrivance in a dental set up. Aim The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of povidone iodine and chlorhexidine gluconate as an ultrasonic liquid coolant on aerosols in comparison with distilled water. The objectives of this study were to compare the potency of povidone iodine and chlorhexidine gluconate on reducing dental aerosols and quantitative assessment of microbial content of dental aerosols at right, left and behind the dental chair. Materials and Methods In this study 30 subjects were selected who fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were divided into three groups. Group 1 (Control group): Ultrasonic scaling with distilled water (10 subjects), Group 2 (Test group): Ultrasonic scaling with 2% povidone iodine (10 subjects), Group 3 (Test group): Ultrasonic scaling with 0.12% chlorhexidine (10 subjects). At the baseline one blood agar plate was kept for 10 minutes in the fumigated chamber before ultrasonic scaling, thereafter three blood agar plates were kept at a distance of 0.4 meters away on either side of the patient and 2 meters behind the patient’s mouth during ultrasonic scaling. Blood agar plates were kept for gravitometric settling of dental aerosols. Results At baseline, no significant numbers of Colony-Forming Units (CFU) were detected. It is found that Group 3 (chlorhexidine gluconate) showed effective CFU reduction (27.17 ±12.5 CFU) when compared to distilled water (124.5 ± 30.08 CFU) and povidone iodine (60.43 ± 33.33 CFU). More CFU were found on blood agar plates which were kept on right side in all the three groups. The results obtained were statistically significant (pliquid coolant for reducing the number of dental aerosols during ultrasonic scaling. PMID:27630954

  8. Feasibility study on ultrasonic flow meter for sodium-cooled FBR

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    In the 'Feasibility Study on Commercialized Fast Reactor Cycle Systems', 12-chromium steel which has the magnetic property is adopted to the primary and secondary system piping of sodium-cooled reactor. Hence the studies on ultrasonic flow-meter for primary and secondary cooling system have been conducted. In this study, elementary tests in the air and in water were performed in order to select ultrasonic transducer and couplant which suit high temperature and exchange by remote control operation and to verify the ultrasonic propagation characteristic of the transducer and couplant (mainly sensitivity) and the measurement performance in large-scale pipe (mainly influence of attenuation of ultrasonic). Furthermore, for conducing to the setup of set points like 'primary flow rate low' reactor trip signal detected by the ultrasonic flow-meter, the ultrasonic transducers for normal temperature were attached at the downstream in the elbow of the test facility which has been used for the water fluid and oscillation test for large diameter piping and fluctuation data from the ultrasonic transducers were acquired. The results are as follows: (1) As a result of investigating high temperature couplant, gold was selected since it was the most stable on all the temperature range containing high temperature among solid metal couplants and force required for the stability of the characteristic is expected to be small. (2) Signal level of ultrasonic transducer with the surface pressure of 1.45x104 Pa (the force of 5 kN) exceeds 50% of that with the couplant for normal temperature. In the transient temperature test, signal level of ultrasonic transducer became larger with a temperature rise and the fall of the signal level considered to originate in the fall of force was not appear. (3) S/N ratio of the signal exceeded 23dB in the elementary test in water, and it was expected more than 18dB even if more attenuation of ultrasonic by the propagation longer distance in sodium was

  9. Ultrasonic Doppler Modes

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    Tortoli, Piero; Fidanzati, Paolo; Luca, Bassi

    Any US equipment includes Doppler facilities capable of providing information about moving structures inside the human body. In most cases, the primary interest is in the investigation of blood flow dynamics, since this may be helpful for early diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. However, there is also an increasing interest in tracking the movements of human tissues, since such movements can give an indirect evaluation of their elastic properties, which are valuable indicators of the possible presence of pathologies. This paper aims at presenting an overview of the different ways in which the Doppler technique has been developed and used in medical ultrasound (US), from early continuous wave (CW) systems to advanced pulsed wave (PW) colour-Doppler equipment. In particular, the most important technical features and clinical applications of CW, single-gate PW, multi-gate PW and flow-imaging systems are reviewed. The main signal processing approaches used for detection of Doppler frequencies are described, including time-domain and frequency-domain (spectral) methods, as well as novel strategies like, e.g., harmonic Doppler mode, which have been recently introduced to exploit the benefits of US contrast agents.

  10. Broadband, High-Temperature Ultrasonic Transducer

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    Parker, F. Raymond; Winfree, William P.; Barrows, Danny A.

    1995-01-01

    Materials chosen for endurance at high temperatures and acoustic coupling and damping. Acoustic transducer designed to exhibit broad frequency response and to survive temperatures close to melting points of brazing alloys. Attached directly and continuously to hot object monitored ultrasonically: for example, it can be attached to relatively cool spot on workpiece during brazing for taking ultrasonic quality-control measurements.

  11. Arrangement for the electronic ultrasonic leak testing

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    The electronic equipment serves to receive ultrasonic signals, originated by a fluid (for example He) that under high pressure flows out of an opening (box cap-leak testing method). The ultrasonic signal is received by a microphone, amplified, and then led to an average signal value circuit, which together with a logic circuit locates the failed boxes. (DG)

  12. Beat-Frequency/Microsphere Medical Ultrasonic Imaging

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    Yost, William T.; Cantrell, John H.; Pretlow, Robert A., III

    1995-01-01

    Medical ultrasonic imaging system designed to provide quantitative data on various flows of blood in chambers, blood vessels, muscles, and tissues of heart. Sensitive enough to yield readings on flows of blood in heart even when microspheres used as ultrasonic contrast agents injected far from heart and diluted by circulation of blood elsewhere in body.

  13. Ultrasonic Abrasive Removal Of EDM Recast

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    Mandel, Johnny L.; Jacobson, Marlowe S.

    1990-01-01

    Ultrasonic abrasive process removes layer of recast material generated during electrical-discharge machining (EDM) of damper pocket on turbine blade. Form-fitted tool vibrated ultrasonically in damper pocket from which material removed. Vibrations activate abrasive in pocket. Amount of material removed controlled precisely.

  14. Ultrasonic testing of small diameter titanium thin tubes

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    Increasing efforts have been made in the nondestructive testing of titanium tubes since their application was first developed for surface condensers of power plants and heat exchangers of desalination plants in the 1970's. Nowadays, it has become even more important to improve the quality assurance of titanium tubes welded by the NDT method, especially since these tubes have become thinner than ever. Considering this situation, we made a round robin test to evaluate the present state of detectability of defects in titanium tubes by ultrasonic testing. The companies involved in making tubes attended the test and the ultrasonic testing equipment used for routine work was applied to the evaluation. The following results were obtained from the test. (1) The artificial defects, which can be detected at the S/N ratio of more than 3, are as follows. U notch: Inner and outer notches of 0.05 mm in depth and 10 mm in length of a tube of 0.3 mm in thickness. Inner and outer notches of 0.1 mm in depth and 10 mm in length of a tube of more than 0.5 mm in thickness. Drilled hole: Drilled holes of 0.8 mm in diameter cannot be detected stably, since detectability of the holes are low and it is defficult to seal the holes from water. (2) The detectability of mode 2 at small incident angles is higher than that of mode 1 at large incident angles. (author)

  15. Air-coupled ultrasonic evaluation of food materials.

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    Pallav, P; Hutchins, D A; Gan, T H

    2009-02-01

    This research was performed with the aim of detecting foreign bodies and additives within food products, and to measure selected acoustic properties, without contact to the sample. This would allow use in manufacturing plants on production lines, where contacting the product for ultrasonic inspection would not be feasible. Images of internal structure are reported. The air-coupled system uses capacitive devices which are able to provide sufficient bandwidth for many measurements, including the detection of foreign bodies in cheese, the detection of deliberate additives to chocolate, the detection of fill level and content of metallic food cans, and measurements of frozen dough products. The approach demonstrates that ultrasound has the potential for application to many industrial food packaging environments where non-metallic objects within food need to be detected. PMID:18973911

  16. Ultrasonic Testing Method of Quantitative Detection of Flaws in Concrete Filled Steel Tube%钢管混凝土缺陷定量的超声波检测方法

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    石世赛; 官权

    2011-01-01

    Cavity is a common defect in concrete filled steel tube(CFST) and it directly influences the durability and reliability of CFST. In order to find out the internal state of CFST, the empty thickness can be estimated by using ultrasonic inspection(UT) method. Based on combination of sound time from UT and test performance of insite drilling, the data was processed by line-fitting method, which could justify the flaws in the CFST accurately and quickly. This new method had practical application in engineering, and had certain reference value.%钢管混凝土脱空是一种常见的缺陷,脱空缺陷直接影响其耐久性和可靠性.为了探测钢管混凝土内部的情况,可以用超声检测方法估计脱空厚度.根据超声检测的声时和现场钻孔测试相结合,把数据进行直线回归拟合,可以快速准确地判断钢管混凝土拱肋的缺陷.在实际工程中具有实用价值.

  17. Feasibility of transparent flexible ultrasonic haptic actuator

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    Akther, Asma; Kafy, Abdullahil; Kim, Hyun Chan; Kim, Jaehwan

    2016-04-01

    Ultrasonic haptics actuator is a device that can create a haptic feedback to user's hand. The modulation of ultrasonic frequency can give different textures to the users. In this study, a feasibility of the ultrasonic haptic actuator made on a flexible piezoelectric substrate is investigated. As the piezoelectric substrate helps to propagate flexural waves, a pair of interdigital transducer (IDT) with reflectors can produce standing waves, which can increase the vibrational displacement of the actuator. A pair of IDT pattern was fabricated on a piezoelectric polymer substrate. A finite element analysis is at first performed to design the actuator. A sinusoidal excitation voltage is applied on IDT electrodes at ultrasonic frequencies and the displacement waveforms are found. The displacement waveforms clearly represent how ultrasonic waves propagate through the piezoelectric substrate.

  18. Development of an Ultrasonic Inspection Technique for LP Turbine Rotor Disc

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    Turbine rotor disc consists of disc, bore, keyway, hub, and rim in which the typical defects are located. And these part of disc has very complicated geometry, therefore proper transducer selection, wedge design, fabrication, classification and evaluation of the signal identification are required. In this research, test block with the artificial flaws at keyway and boresurface parts have been used in order to establish the ultrasonic inspection technique for flaw detectability on disc. The analysis of the signals from the test blocks was performed. The wedges were designed according to the curvature from the discs. All the ultrasonic signals were collected and identified for evaluation. The ultrasonic inspection technique for the flaw-detection was established from this research. And it is proved that the result of this research can be applicable in the field inspection

  19. Air-coupled ultrasonic investigation of multi-layered composite materials.

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    Kazys, R; Demcenko, A; Zukauskas, E; Mazeika, L

    2006-12-22

    Air-coupled ultrasonics is fine alternative for the immersion testing technique. Usually a through transmission and a pitch-catch arrangement of ultrasonic transducers are used. The pitch-catch arrangement is very attractive for non-destructive testing and evaluation of materials, because it allows one-side access to the object. However, this technique has several disadvantages. It is sensitive to specularly reflected and edge waves. A spatial resolution depends on a distance between the transducers. A new method for detection and visualisation of inhomogeneities in composite materials using one-side access air-coupled ultrasonic measurement technique is described. Numerical predictions of Lamb wave interaction with a defect in a composite material are carried out and the interaction mechanism is explained. Experimental measurements are carried out with different arrangements of the transducers. The proposed method enables detect delamination and impact type defects in honeycomb materials. PMID:16797664

  20. Progress in ultrasonic signal imaging

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    The Nerason UT system is a versatile ultrasonic device suitable for UT techniques such as pulse-echo, transmitter-receiver, Time Of Flight Diffraction (TOF) and amplitude-level measurements. These techniques can be used in single mode operation, or when required, in combinations thereof. The system operates with internal tube probes, optional for straight and bend tubes to a minimum internal diameter of 9 mm. The pulse-echo method combined with a rotating mirror system is used for wallthickness measurement, profilometry, crack measurement and sleeve weld inspection. This paper is limited to examples of Crack and Profile measurements

  1. Lase Ultrasonic Web Stiffness tester

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    Tim Patterson, Ph.D., IPST at Ga Tech

    2009-01-12

    The objective is to provide a sensor that uses non-contact, laser ultrasonics to measure the stiffness of paper during the manufacturing process. This will allow the manufacturer to adjust the production process in real time, increase filler content, modify fiber refining and as result produce a quality product using less energy. The sensor operates by moving back and forth across the paper web, at pre-selected locations firing a laser at the sheet, measuring the out-of-plane velocity of the sheet then using that measurement to calculate sheet stiffness.

  2. Ultrasonic wireless health monitoring

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    Petit, Lionel; Lefeuvre, Elie; Guyomar, Daniel; Richard, Claude; Guy, Philippe; Yuse, Kaori; Monnier, Thomas

    2006-03-01

    The integration of autonomous wireless elements in health monitoring network increases the reliability by suppressing power supplies and data transmission wiring. Micro-power piezoelectric generators are an attractive alternative to primary batteries which are limited by a finite amount of energy, a limited capacity retention and a short shelf life (few years). Our goal is to implement such an energy harvesting system for powering a single AWT (Autonomous Wireless Transmitter) using our SSH (Synchronized Switch Harvesting) method. Based on a non linear process of the piezoelement voltage, this SSH method optimizes the energy extraction from the mechanical vibrations. This AWT has two main functions : The generation of an identifier code by RF transmission to the central receiver and the Lamb wave generation for the health monitoring of the host structure. A damage index is derived from the variation between the transmitted wave spectrum and a reference spectrum. The same piezoelements are used for the energy harvesting function and the Lamb wave generation, thus reducing mass and cost. A micro-controller drives the energy balance and synchronizes the functions. Such an autonomous transmitter has been evaluated on a 300x50x2 mm 3 composite cantilever beam. Four 33x11x0.3 mm 3 piezoelements are used for the energy harvesting and for the wave lamb generation. A piezoelectric sensor is placed at the free end of the beam to track the transmitted Lamb wave. In this configuration, the needed energy for the RF emission is 0.1 mJ for a 1 byte-information and the Lamb wave emission requires less than 0.1mJ. The AWT can harvested an energy quantity of approximately 20 mJ (for a 1.5 Mpa lateral stress) with a 470 μF storage capacitor. This corresponds to a power density near to 6mW/cm 3. The experimental AWT energy abilities are presented and the damage detection process is discussed. Finally, some envisaged solutions are introduced for the implementation of the required data

  3. High frequency guided ultrasonic waves for hidden fatigue crack growth monitoring in multi-layer model aerospace structures

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    Chan, H; Fromme, P.; Masserey, B.

    2015-01-01

    Especially for ageing aircraft the development of fatigue cracks at fastener holes due to stress concentration and varying loading conditions constitutes a significant maintenance problem. High frequency guided waves offer a potential compromise between the capabilities of local bulk ultrasonic measurements with proven defect detection sensitivity and the large area coverage of lower frequency guided ultrasonic waves. High frequency guided waves have energy distributed through all layers of t...

  4. Statistical ultrasonics: the influence of Robert F. Wagner

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    Insana, Michael F.

    2009-02-01

    An important ongoing question for higher education is how to successfully mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers. It has been my privilege to have been mentored by one of the best, Dr Robert F. Wagner and his colleagues at the CDRH/FDA during the mid 1980s. Bob introduced many of us in medical ultrasonics to statistical imaging techniques. These ideas continue to broadly influence studies on adaptive aperture management (beamforming, speckle suppression, compounding), tissue characterization (texture features, Rayleigh/Rician statistics, scatterer size and number density estimators), and fundamental questions about how limitations of the human eye-brain system for extracting information from textured images can motivate image processing. He adapted the classical techniques of signal detection theory to coherent imaging systems that, for the first time in ultrasonics, related common engineering metrics for image quality to task-based clinical performance. This talk summarizes my wonderfully-exciting three years with Bob as I watched him explore topics in statistical image analysis that formed a rational basis for many of the signal processing techniques used in commercial systems today. It is a story of an exciting time in medical ultrasonics, and of how a sparkling personality guided and motivated the development of junior scientists who flocked around him in admiration and amazement.

  5. Ultrasonic inspection methods for small-bore applications

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    The nondestructive inspection of tubing and tube-to-tubesheet weldments in heat exchangers for reactor systems is necessary to ensure the high integrity essential for safe, reliable, continuously operating units. An ultrasonic inspection system has been developed for small-bore applications. The current system can be used to inspect tubing or weldments with bores as small as 10.1 mm (0.4 in.) for transversely or longitudinally oriented discontinuities; however, similar inspections are possible within even smaller bores. Since the probe head is rotated to provide inspection along a helical path, special ultrasonic signal connectors are employed. The miniature probe heads employed are designed for rapid exchange in the mechanical scanner. These probes use commercially available transducers and are capable of performing various ultrasonic inspections with both single and dual examination techniques. The inspection methods and equipment are discussed, along with results of calibration, recording, and correlation studies performed on laboratory-type specimens. Reference notches with depths representing 2 percent of the wall thickness were detected and recorded from the bore of 15.88 mm OD x 2.77 mm wall (0.625 x 0.109 in.) tubing

  6. Spectroscopic investigation on protein damage by ciprofloxacin under ultrasonic irradiation

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    Liu, Bin; Wang, Dong-Jing; Wang, Xin; Liu, Bing-Mi; Kong, Yu-Mei; He, Ling-Ling; Wang, Jun; Xu, Shu-Kun

    2011-02-01

    In recent years, sonodynamic activities of many drugs have attracted more and more attention of researchers. The correlative study will promote the development of sonodynamic therapy (SDT) in anti-tumor treatment. In this work, bovine serum albumin (BSA) was used as a protein model to investigate the intensifying effects of ciprofloxacin (CPFX) ultrasonically induced protein damage by UV-vis and fluorescence spectra. Meanwhile, the conformation of BSA is changed upon the addition of CPFX and metal ions under ultrasound (US) so that the damaging site of BSA is considered. Various influencing factors, such as US irradiation time, metal ions, solution temperature and ionic strength, on the ultrasonically induced BSA damage are discussed. It was showed that CPFX could enhance ultrasonically induced BSA damage. The damage degree of BSA was aggravated with the increasing of US irradiation time, solution temperature, ionic strength as well as the addition of metal ions. Furthermore, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) in reaction system were detected by oxidation-extraction photometry (OEP). Experimental results also showed that US could activate CPFX to produce ROS, which were mainly determined as superoxide radical anion ( rad O 2-) and hydroxyl radical ( rad OH).

  7. Determination of plant components degradation using ultrasonic C-scan

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    C-scan Ultrasonic Inspection technique is increasingly used for the assessment of plant integrity. Due to the advancement of the equipment, Probability of Detection (POD) of this technique increased significantly as compared with the conventional techniques. Thus in many cases, the technique is accepted by engineers to be used to replace the conventional inspection methods such as visual inspections, thickness gauging and ultrasonic B-Scan. Thickness gauging and ultrasonic B-scan is still widely used by industries. However, both techniques have their own disadvantages. The most notable disadvantages of these techniques are related to the reliability of readings given by the equipment. In addition to this, thickness gauge would only provide data at certain points and B-scan would only provide data for certain lines. This paper presents and discusses results of C-scan measurement performed in power generation, chemical and petro-chemical plants. Due to its high accuracy, results from these measurements were used to establish the true condition of plant and to calculate its remaining safe life. Results presented in this paper include those related to corrosion, erosion and lamination in acid and gas pipelines, finger sludge catcher, steam drums in vessels and piping and electron beam machine. (Author)

  8. FEATURE EXTRACTION OF BONES AND SKIN BASED ON ULTRASONIC SCANNING

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    Zheng Shuxian; Zhao Wanhua; Lu Bingheng; Zhao Zhao

    2005-01-01

    In the prosthetic socket design, aimed at the high cost and radiation deficiency caused by CT scanning which is a routine technique to obtain the cross-sectional image of the residual limb, a new ultrasonic scanning method is developed to acquire the bones and skin contours of the residual limb. Using a pig fore-leg as the scanning object, an overlapping algorithm is designed to reconstruct the 2D cross-sectional image, the contours of the bone and skin are extracted using edge detection algorithm and the 3D model of the pig fore-leg is reconstructed by using reverse engineering technology. The results of checking the accuracy of the image by scanning a cylinder work pieces show that the extracted contours of the cylinder are quite close to the standard circumference. So it is feasible to get the contours of bones and skin by ultrasonic scanning. The ultrasonic scanning system featuring no radiation and low cost is a kind of new means of cross section scanning for medical images.

  9. Parallel strip waveguide for ultrasonic flow measurement in harsh environments.

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    Laws, Michael; Ramadas, Sivaram N; Lynnworth, Lawrence C; Dixon, Steve

    2015-04-01

    Wetted ultrasonic transit time flow meters typically consist of one or more pairs of transducers, containing piezoelectric elements, which alternate between transmitting and detecting an ultrasonic pulse. Typical piezoelectric materials and the adhesives used to attach the piezoelectric element in such devices can be damaged by hostile environments, such as extreme temperature, potentially limiting possible applications of ultrasonic flow measurement techniques. We have investigated a design for a flow meter with an integrated thermal buffer waveguide consisting of five parallel stainless steel strips. These, in addition to thermal protection, may function as a transducer array, with the possibility of steering the emitted field. Because the buffer strips used in the transducer assembly are thin, one might expect Lamb-like guided waves to propagate along it. However, the finite width of the strips has a significant effect on the propagation characteristics of the guided waves. In this work, the effect of the waveguide's small rectangular cross-section has been studied. Additionally, we have examined the effect of thermal gradients on the average sound speed and dispersion characteristics of such strip waveguides. We also suggest modifications to the plate geometry, which can alter both the frequency content and the shape of the transmitted pulse, potentially giving a better signal to use in flow measurement. PMID:25881347

  10. Properties of GH4169 Superalloy Characterized by Nonlinear Ultrasonic Waves

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    Hongjuan Yan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The nonlinear wave motion equation is solved by the perturbation method. The nonlinear ultrasonic coefficients β and δ are related to the fundamental and harmonic amplitudes. The nonlinear ultrasonic testing system is used to detect received signals during tensile testing and bending fatigue testing of GH4169 superalloy. The results show that the curves of nonlinear ultrasonic parameters as a function of tensile stress or fatigue life are approximately saddle. There are two stages in relationship curves of relative nonlinear coefficients β′ and δ′ versus stress and fatigue life. The relative nonlinear coefficients β′ and δ′ increase with tensile stress when tensile stress is lower than 65.8% of the yield strength, and they decrease with tensile stress when tensile stress is higher than 65.8% of the yield strength. The nonlinear coefficients have the extreme values at 53.3% of fatigue life. For the second order relative nonlinear coefficient β′, there is good agreement between the experimental data and the comprehensive model. For the third order relative nonlinear coefficient δ′, however, the experiment data does not accord with the theoretical model.

  11. Ultrasonic Dental Scaler Performance Assessment with an Innovative Cavitometer

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    Antonio H.A. Pereira

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: There is no specific instrument to test ultrasonic dental scalers used in dentistry. Approach: The aim of this research was to develop and test an innovative cavitometer for quantitative and automatic performance assessments of Ultrasonic Dental Scalers (UDS through the acoustic emission produced by cavitation induced by the tip of the UDS ultrasonic transducer when immersed in aqueous solution. Firstly, an optimized acoustic emission sensor specifically for UDS ultrasonic transducers, software to process the acoustic emission sensor signal and to calculate a Figure of Merit (FM and a hydraulic-pneumatic circuit were developed; these parts together constituted the cavitometer. To validate the developed cavitometer, two groups of UDS transducers were tested with the cavitometer and with one cleaning test; 48 units of the Jet1 UDS model and 12 units of the Jet2 model (Gnatus, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil were tested. Sixteen assessments were carried out with each transducer, for a total of 768 measurements with Jet1 and 192 with Jet2. Spearman test was employed to observe correlations between the measurements from the different methods. Jet1 transducers were compared with Jet2 employing Student t test for cavitometer assessments and Mann Whitney U test for the cleaning test assessments. Results: The results showed correlation between the cavitometer and cleaning results. The developed cavitometer detected a significant difference between average results for the two transducer groups (Jet1: 4.3±0.7 Vs Jet2: 6.2±0.5 and this was also observed for the cleaning test (Jet1: 7.0±0.8 Vs Jet2: 8.7±0.4 Conclusion: The results showed that the developed cavitometer is adequate for the UDS quantitative performance assessment, particularly for replacement of the cleaning test for industrial quality control.

  12. Development of ultrasonic testing equipment incorporating electromagnetic acoustic transducer

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    This paper describes an automatic flaw detection equipment and heat-resistant ultrasonic transducer for plate thickness measurement. The automatic flaw detection equipment is used during in-service inspection. It comprises an angle-beam electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT), mounted on a vehicle, for scanning the pipe surface to be inspected. The EMAT functions without direct contact with the pipe surface through a coupling liquid, the vehicle does not require a guide track installed on the pipe surface, since it is equipped with magnetic wheels that adhere to the pipe, permitting it to travel along the circumferential weld joint of a carbon steel pipe. Another heat-resistant ultrasonic transducer is a normal beam EMAT and is used during plant operation. As a result, the automatic flaw detection equipment could detect a 1 mm deep notch cut on a test piece of 25 mm thick carbon steel plate. The vehicle location accuracy on the piping was ±2 mm. The normal beam EMAT could measure the plate thickness, within ±0.3 mm accuracy for the range of plate thickness 4 mm to 12 mm at 300degC. (author)

  13. Independent validation of ultrasonic inspection

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    As a part of its inspection strategy for the Sizewell-B PWR station, the Central Electricity Generating Board (in part now Nuclear Electric) decided that the ultrasonic inspection procedures for the incredibility of failure components would be subjected to independent confirmation of their adequacy. The incorporation of validation into a large-scale inspection strategy was unique at the time (1982), indeed remains so today. The CEGB's general philosophy is one of diversity, redundancy and validation. In order to carry out independent validation of the specific procedures and ultrasonic operators to be used during the manufacture and in-service inspection of the reactor pressure vessel and steam plant components, the Inspection Validation Centre (IVC) has operated as a contractor to Nuclear Electric with special arrangements in place to guarantee independence. The setting-up and early methods of operation of IVC are briefly reviewed, the most recent operational experience summarized and the technical significance of the validations to date discussed. (author). 1 fig

  14. Time difference based measurement of ultrasonic cavitations in wastewater treatment

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    朱昌平

    2016-01-01

    Intensity of cavitation is significant in ultrasonic wastewater treatment, but is complicated to measure.A time difference based method of ultrasonic cavitation measurement is proposed.The time differences at different powers of 495kHz ultrasonic are measured in experiment in comparison with conductimetric method.Simulation results show that time difference and electrical conductivity are both approximately positive proportional to the ultrasonic power.The degradation of PNP solution verifies the availability in wastewater treatment by using ultrasonic.

  15. Ultrasonic angle beam standard reflector. [ultrasonic nondestructive inspection

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    Berry, R. F., Jr. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A method that provides an impression profile in a reference standard material utilized in inspecting critically stressed components with pulsed ultrasound is described. A die stamp having an I letter is used to impress the surface of a reference material. The die stamp is placed against the surface and struck with an inertia imparting member to impress the I in the reference standard material. Upset may appear on the surface as a result of the impression and is removed to form a smooth surface. The stamping and upset removal is repeated until the entire surface area of a depth control platform on the die stamp uniformly contacts the material surface. The I impression profile in the reference standard material is utilized for reflecting pulsed ultrasonic beams for inspection purposes.

  16. Testresults KROHNE 8-inch ultrasonic flowmeter

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    Boer, A.H.; Volmer, W.

    1997-07-01

    A new development in the field of ultrasonic liquid flowmeasurements has been achieved with the multichannel liquid ultrasonic flowmeter; the first for use in maintenance-free custody transfer applications. Although ultrasonic flowmeters are used for applications in the oil industry for many years, this new development will have a big impact on custody transfer flow measurement. Not only because of the compactness, but also because of the low investment and operating cost of this flowmeter. This paper describes the system and the method of operation as well as practical experiences and achieved test results of this flowmeter. (author)

  17. Ultrasonic sensing of porous granular media

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    Parthasarathi, Sanjai; Lu, Yichi; Wadley, Haydn N. G.

    1991-01-01

    The existence of phenomena for sensing porosity and grain growth in powder metallurgical processes using ultrasonic techniques is demonstrated. Ultrasonic velocity is a strong function of pore concentration and provides a potential means for in situ measurement of this quantity. Ultrasonic attenuation, measured in the low megahertz range, depends on grain size and pore content. When velocity data and a scattering theory are used to account for the attenuation due to pores, attenuation data may be used to infer the grain size. Predictions of existing scattering theories are compared with experimental observations, and substantial disagreements are attributed to modeling inadequacies.

  18. Fundamentals and applications of ultrasonic waves

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    Cheeke, J David N

    2002-01-01

    Ultrasonics. A subject with applications across all the basic sciences, engineering, medicine, and oceanography, yet even the broader topic of acoustics is now rarely offered at undergraduate levels. Ultrasonics is addressed primarily at the doctoral level, and texts appropriate for beginning graduate students or newcomers to the field are virtually nonexistent.Fundamentals and Applications of Ultrasonic Waves fills that void. Designed specifically for senior undergraduates, beginning graduate students, and those just entering the field, it begins with the fundamentals, but goes well beyond th

  19. PWR nozzle 'crotch corner' inspection: an effective additional ultrasonic technique for radial cracks

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    An ultrasonic non-destructive technique for testing the integrity of the nozzle crotch corner of a PWR pressure vessel is described which uses two angled probes to detect the specular reflection from one probe to the other via a crack lying in the important radial plane of the nozzle. (U.K.)

  20. Ultrasonic testing of steam turbine hooped-disks rotors of Alsthom-Atlantique type

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    For the in-service inspection of LP twin flow rotors having hoofed discs and equipping the 900 MW steam turbines of the PWR nuclear power plants, EDF uses an ultrasonic testing method, which permits to detect eventual defects, like fatigue cracks, which initiate at the interface of the hooping