Publication

Prospects of Pulse Phase Thermography for Finding Disbonds in CFRP-Sandwich Parts with Aluminum Honeycomb Cores Compared to Ultrasonic

Publication, 2012

Outline

J. Gruber, B. Stotter, G. Mayr, G. Hendorfer - Prospects of Pulse Phase Thermography for Finding Disbonds in CFRP-Sandwich Parts with Aluminum Honeycomb Cores Compared to Ultrasonic - American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings Vol. 1511, Denver / Colorado, Austria, 2012, pp. 547-554

Abstract

This work shows the prospects of pulse phase thermography (PPT) compared to ultrasonic testing when applied to carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) sandwich parts with aluminum honeycomb cores. Measurements were carried out on full-scale components with flaws like disbonds, septum disbonds, staggers and displaced cores, where the last two are not literally flaws, but nevertheless regions of interest. The effect of the measurement time and the feasibility of extrapolating temperature decays were evaluated. Phase images, gathered with PPT, are compared with ultrasonic C-scan images to show the capability of PPT for quality assurance purposes. Finally, the saving on inspection time when using pulse phase thermography instead of ultrasonic testing is considered.