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Pulsed Eddy Current Data Analysis for the Characterization of the Second-Layer Discontinuities


Pulsed eddy current (PEC) technique has been applied as a viable method to detect hidden discontinuities in metallic structures. Conventionally, selected time-domain features are employed to characterize the PEC data, such as peak value, lift-off point of intersection, rising point, crossing time, and differential time to peak. The research presented in this paper continues the effort in a previous study on detecting the radial cracks starting from the fastener hole in second layer of a two-layer mock-up aircraft structure. A large diameter excitation coil with ferrite core is used to induce a strong pulse, and the magnetic field generated by eddy current is detected by Hall sensors. Instead of analyzing the limited time-domain features, we propose using machine learning methods to interpret the raw data without feature extraction. Thus, the second-layer discontinuities can be characterized presumably with all the information contained in a waveform. An automated detection framework is proposed in this paper and the experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

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Liu, Y., Liu, S., Liu, H. et al. Pulsed Eddy Current Data Analysis for the Characterization of the Second-Layer Discontinuities. J Nondestruct Eval 38, 7 (2019).

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  • Pulse eddy current
  • Lift-off intersection
  • Second-layer crack
  • Machine learning
  • Classification