Title

Remote Detection of Surface Cracks/Slots Using Open-ended Rectangular Waveguide Sensors: An Experimental Investigation

Abstract

Nondestructive surface crack detection is an important issue in many industrial, manufacturing and structural environments. Although there exist several standard nondestructive techniques, each possesses their respective advantages and disadvantages. Recent research activities in using open-ended microwave sensors has proved to be a viable practical approach. Microwave techniques offer many advantages including the fact that they may be used in a noncontact fashion while detecting exposed, filled and covered surface cracks. This paper explores the noncontact characteristics of employing an open-ended rectangular waveguide sensor at K-band. The results show the possibility of detecting thin and long machined slots/ cracks on aluminum plates at standoff distances of several millimeters. In addition, the results show that these cracks/ slots are readily detected when exposed, filled with rust and covered with several layers of common paint. A discussion of the findings is also presented.

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Microwave NDE; Open-Ended Waveguides; Remote Detection; Surface Cracks; Surface Crack Detection and Evaluation

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1997 Taylor & Francis, All rights reserved.


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