Measurement Parameter Optimization for Surface Crack Detection in Metals using an Open-Ended Waveguide Probe

C. Huber
R. Zoughi, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Stoyan I. Ganchev

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Fatigue and stress induced surface crack detection in metals is an important practical issue. A newly developed microwave inspection approach, using an open-ended rectangular waveguide, has proved to be an effective tool for detecting such cracks. This novel microwave approach overcomes some of the limitations associated with the standard detection methods for surface crack detection. In addition, this approach is applicable to exposed, filled (with a dielectric such as dirt, rust, etc.) and cracks under dielectric coatings such as paint. This paper presents the basic foundation of this surface crack detection methodology along with the ways by which measurement parameters may be optimized for increased detection sensitivity.