Transducer characterization for Vibrothermography

dc.contributor.advisor Stephen D. Holland Vaddi, Jyani Somayajulu
dc.contributor.department Aerospace Engineering 2018-08-11T11:45:59.000 2020-06-30T02:26:18Z 2020-06-30T02:26:18Z Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2011 2013-06-05 2011-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Vibrothermography, also known as Sonic IR and Thermosonics, is an NDE technique for</p> <p>finding cracks and flaws based on vibration-induced frictional rubbing of unbonded surfaces.</p> <p>The vibration is usually generated by a piezoelectric stack transducer which transduces electri-</p> <p>cal energy into large amplitude mechanical vibrations. The purpose of this study is to develop</p> <p>an understanding of the excitation process for vibrothermography so that optimal parameters</p> <p>and transducers for the testing can be selected. The amplitude and impedance transfer charac-</p> <p>teristics of the transducer system control the vibration of the sample. Within a linear contact</p> <p>(no tip chatter) model, the interaction between the transducer system and the specimen can</p> <p>be characterized using the theory of linear time-invariant (LTI) systems and electro-mechanical</p> <p>Norton equivalence.</p> <p>This work presents quantitative measurements of the performance of piezoelectric stack</p> <p>transducers in a vibrothermography excitation system and the effect of transducer perfor-</p> <p>mance and specimen characteristics on the induced vibration in the specimen. We show that</p> <p>with compliant coupling, the specimen vibration is directly proportional to the transducer open</p> <p>circuit velocity and that the system resonances generated because of metal-metal contact of</p> <p>specimen and transducer are disconnected by adding a couplant between specimen and trans-</p> <p>ducer. We then give suggestions for transducer and couplant selection for vibrothermography</p> <p>and suggest methods to flatten the velocity spectrum of the transducer.</p> <p>We extend our analysis to high amplitude transducer behavior and elaborate on the effect</p> <p>of power amplifier saturation on the transducer behavior. The saturation effect negates the</p> <p>effect of adding an external inductance to flatten the transducer velocity spectrum. Finally,</p> <p>preliminary results are reported on the effect of transducer degradation phenomenon.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Aerospace Engineering
dc.subject.keywords couplant
dc.subject.keywords degradation
dc.subject.keywords Transducer
dc.subject.keywords two port model
dc.subject.keywords Vibrothermography
dc.title Transducer characterization for Vibrothermography
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dc.type.genre thesis
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