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Design and Evaluation of Automated Robotic Ultrasonic Guided Wave Based Inspection System

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Scott M. Bland

NextGen Aeronautics, Inc., Danville, VA

Shiv P. Joshi

NextGen Aeronautics, Inc., Torrance, CA

Paper No. IMECE2017-72063, pp. V009T17A009; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids; NDE, Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5844-8
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This paper discusses the development and testing of an automated robotic ultrasonic guided wave based inspection system developed to provide an efficient, accurate and reliable method for performing nondestructive evaluation and longer term structural health monitoring in advanced composite structures. The development process and challenges in the design of the automated robotic system are described. A number of tests were performed using the developed robotic ultrasonic inspection system on composite honeycomb core sandwich materials. Experiments showed that the developed automated ultrasonic guided wave inspection system was successful at locating disbonds between the core and the facesheets. Environmental sensitivity testing was also performed to characterize the effect of changing temperature and humidity on system performance. These tests indicate that approach was relatively insensitive to environmental changes, so that this approach could be used in service environment without a significant reduction in performance. Current system testing indicates that the described robotic ultrasonic inspection approach offers an accurate and robust method for inspection and long term tracking of advanced structural system health.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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