Fast ultrasonic phased array inspection of complex geometries delivered through robotic manipulators and high speed data acquisition instrumentation

Carmelo Mineo, Charles MacLeod, Maxim Morozov, S. Gareth Pierce, Timothy Lardner, Rahul Summan, Jonathan Powell, Paul McCubbin, Coreen McCubbin, Gavin Munro, Scott Paton, David Watson, David Lines

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Abstract

Performance of modern robotic manipulators has enabled research and development of fast automated non-destructive testing (NDT) systems for complex geometries. This paper presents recent outcomes of work aimed at removing the bottleneck due to data acquisition rates, to fully exploit the scanning speed of modern 6-DoF manipulators. State of the art ultrasonic instrumentation has been integrated into a large robot cell to enable fast data acquisition, high scan resolutions and accurate positional encoding. A fibre optic connection between the ultrasonic instrument and the server computer enables data transfer rates up to 1.6GB/s. Multiple data collection methods are compared. Performance of the integrated system allows traditional ultrasonic phased array scanning as well as full matrix capture (FMC). In FMC configuration, linear scan speeds up to 156mm/s with 64 pulses per frame are achieved - this speed is only constrained by the acoustic wave propagation in the component. An 8x increase of the speed (up to 1.25m/s) can be achieved using multiple transmission elements, reaching the physical limits for acceptable acoustic alignment of transmission and reception paths. Scan results, relative to a 1.2m x 3m carbon fibre sample, are presented.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS)
Place of Publication[New York]
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-9897-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2016
EventIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2016 - VINCI Convention Center, Tours, France
Duration: 18 Sep 201621 Sep 2016
http://sites.ieee.org/ius-2016/

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ConferenceIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2016
Abbreviated title2016 IEEE IUS
CountryFrance
CityTours
Period18/09/1621/09/16
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Manipulators
Data acquisition
Robotics
Inspection
Ultrasonics
Geometry
Acoustic wave propagation
Data transfer rates
Scanning
Optical resolving power
Nondestructive examination
Fiber optics
Carbon fibers
Servers
Acoustics
Robots

Keywords

  • phased array
  • FMC
  • robotic NDT
  • CFRP
  • full matrix capture
  • non-destructive testing

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Mineo, Carmelo ; MacLeod, Charles ; Morozov, Maxim ; Pierce, S. Gareth ; Lardner, Timothy ; Summan, Rahul ; Powell, Jonathan ; McCubbin, Paul ; McCubbin, Coreen ; Munro, Gavin ; Paton, Scott ; Watson, David ; Lines, David. / Fast ultrasonic phased array inspection of complex geometries delivered through robotic manipulators and high speed data acquisition instrumentation. 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS). [New York] : IEEE, 2016.
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Fast ultrasonic phased array inspection of complex geometries delivered through robotic manipulators and high speed data acquisition instrumentation. / Mineo, Carmelo; MacLeod, Charles; Morozov, Maxim; Pierce, S. Gareth; Lardner, Timothy; Summan, Rahul; Powell, Jonathan; McCubbin, Paul; McCubbin, Coreen; Munro, Gavin; Paton, Scott; Watson, David; Lines, David.

2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS). [New York] : IEEE, 2016.

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