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12 April 2004 Status of VibroIR at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Current efforts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the area of vibrothermography (VibroIR or SonicIR) are presented. The primary goals of the efforts of the NDE group at LLNL have been to demonstrate the applicability of vibrothermography to new areas, to examine the degree to which VibroIR may replace existing NDE inspection procedures, and to conduct research on the underlying processes and optimal parameters in its implementation. We report three new applications of VibroIR, in the areas of brazed tube joint inspection, evaluationtion of thick multilayer carbon/carbon composites as used in the NASA Shuttle, and the inspection of soft composite materials. The goal of the brazed joint inspection process is ultimately the replacement of a current dye penetrant inspection procedure. Therefore a direct comparison between VibroIR and dye penetrant inspection is made. Preliminary results of the analysis of a leading edge panel from a NASA Shuttle is also reported as an example of the application of VibroIR to thick composites. Finally, a comparison betweeen the effectiveness of VibroIR versus a spectrum of other NDE techniques (ultrasonic imaging, radiographic tomography) for the imaging of known ceramic defects is briefly discussed.
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Michael W. Burke and Wayne O. Miller "Status of VibroIR at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory", Proc. SPIE 5405, Thermosense XXVI, (12 April 2004);

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