Extension of the Thermographic Signal Reconstruction Technique for an Automated Segmentation and Depth Estimation of Subsurface Defects
A. Schager, G. Zauner, P. Burgholzer, G. Mayr - Extension of the Thermographic Signal Reconstruction Technique for an Automated Segmentation and Depth Estimation of Subsurface Defects - Journal of Imaging, Vol. 6, No. 9, 2020
With increased use of light-weight materials with low factors of safety, non-destructive testing becomes increasingly important. Thanks to the advancement of infrared camera technology, pulse thermography is a cost efficient way to detect subsurface defects non-destructively. However, currently available evaluation algorithms have either a high computational cost or show poor performance if any geometry other than the most simple kind is surveyed. We present an extension of the thermographic signal reconstruction technique which can automatically segment and image defects from sound areas, while also estimating the defect depth, all with low computational cost. We verified our algorithm using real world measurements and compare our results to standard active thermography algorithms with similar computational complexity. We found that our algorithm can detect defects more accurately, especially when more complex geometries are examined.