Size Evaluation of Corrosion Precursor Pitting using Near-Field Millimeter Wave Nondestructive Testing Methods
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Early detection of corrosion precursor pitting and estimation of its overall dimensions directly affects the required effort and cost associated with repair and maintenance of critical aircraft structural components. The magnitude and phase of a reflected signal from a pitting are directly related to its dimensions. This paper presents a millimeter wave probe and a sizing procedure used to detect and evaluate overall pitting dimensions.