Rapid inversion of eddy current data for conductivity and thickness of metal coatings
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A feature-based method that determines the thickness and electrical conductivity of a coating on a metal plate from the change in the frequency-dependent impedance of an eddy-current probe coil is presented. Recently a least-squares solution of this problem was presented, which, however, requires approximately 20 CPU minutes on a DEC 5000 work station for the analysis of each set of measurements. We show that a feature-based approach can reduce the time to a few seconds on the same processor. We start by showing that a three-parameter scaling of the resistive component of the impedance change vs. frequency leads to a simple and nearly universal curve. Consequently these parameters provide a simple and compact way of expressing the data. Next, we show that the three scaling parameters can be used to construct a look-up table that determines the conductivity and thickness of the coating. Finally, we test the method using experimental data.
Key wordsScaling feature-based inversion eddy-currents thickness conductivity
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