Two-Dimensional Arrays for the Quantitative Characterisation of Complex Defects

Project: Research

Description

Collaborative RCNDE project to develop 2D ultrasonic array systems for 3D volumeric imaging

Layman's description

Development of ultrasonic imaging techniques using 2D ultrasonic array technology. The resultant imaging will produce a 3D volumetric representation of the internal features of a structure/component. This information can be used to provide addition insight into the type of flaw/defect (classification) and its dimensions (characterisation).

Key findings

- Key components for the manufacture of 2D arrays have been established.- 2D hexagonal array configurations have been developed and design guidelines produced.- A sparse array configuration based on the mathematical principles of conformal mapping has been developed.- CUDA based software running on GP-GPU architecture offers significant potential for real-time processing and visualisation of 2D array data sets.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/04/0831/03/11

Funding

  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £285,605.00

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defects
ultrasonics
conformal mapping
configurations
imaging techniques
computer programs