Pulsed Photothermal Nondestructive Testing — Application to Carbon Epoxy Laminates
Different methods of NDT of carbon-epoxy laminates have been used up till now, including ultrasonics, X-ray photography and vibrothermography. Thermal methods are now appearing, because they can be contactless and single ended [1–3]. Among these methods, pulsed back emission photothermal radiometry seems attractive because it is a simple method, where elasticity is uncoupled. So the possibility of quantitatively characterizing delaminations is offered, as the model describing the phenomenon is simple. Results recently obtained at the Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) are presented here to demonstrate that the method is well suited to the detection, in-depth localization and characterization of delaminations in carbon-epoxy composites.
KeywordsThermal Resistance Biot Number Pulse Heating Emissivity Variation Equivalent Thermal Resistance
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