Microwave and Millimeter Wave Testing for the Inspection of the Space Shuttle Spray on Foam Insulation (SOFI) and the Acreage Heat Tiles

Sergey Kharkovsky, Missouri University of Science and Technology
F. L. Hepburn
R. Zoughi, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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The utility of microwave and millimeter wave nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) methods, for testing the Space Shuttle's external fuel tank spray on foam insulation (SOFI) and the acreage heat tiles has been investigated during the past two years. Millimeter wave NDE techniques are capable of producing internal images of SOFI. This paper presents the results of testing several diverse panels with embedded voids and debonds at millimeter wave frequencies. Additionally, the results of testing a set of heat tiles are also presented. Finally, the attributes of these methods as well as the advantageous features associated with these systems are also provided.