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Dry-coupled low-frequency ultrasonic wheel probes: application to adhesive bond inspection

Authors
Journal
NDT & E International
0963-8695
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0963-8695(02)00056-7
Keywords
  • Wheel Probe
  • Dry-Coupling
  • Ultrasound
  • Adhesive Bonding

Abstract

Abstract One of the factors limiting the more widespread use of adhesive bonding by industry is the lack of fast and reliable non-destructive testing methods. This paper describes a novel low frequency (<500 kHz) dry coupled wheel probe which can be used to assess the integrity of three layered adhesive joints. A key novel element of this wheel probe is its operation in pulse-echo mode at low frequencies with a wide bandwidth. The system measures the first through thickness resonance of the joint which is then used to infer bondline thickness. The system is demonstrated on a range of adhesively bonded specimens of automotive specification. Also its sensitivity to alignment and coupling are discussed as are other factors limiting its operation.

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