Inspection design using 2D phased array, TFM and cueMAP software

Ailidh McGilp, Jerzy Dziewierz, Timothy Lardner, John MacKersie, Anthony Gachagan

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Abstract

A simulation suite, cueMAP, has been developed to facilitate the design of inspection processes and sparse 2D array configurations. At the core of cueMAP is a Total Focusing Method (TFM) imaging algorithm that enables computer assisted design of ultrasonic inspection scenarios, including the design of bespoke array configurations to match the inspection criteria. This in-house developed TFM code allows for interactive evaluation of image quality indicators of ultrasonic imaging performance when utilizing a 2D phased array working in FMC/TFM mode. The cueMAP software uses a series of TFM images to build a map of resolution, contrast and sensitivity of imaging performance of a simulated reflector, swept across the inspection volume. The software takes into account probe properties, wedge or water standoff, and effects of specimen curvature. In the validation process of this new software package, two 2D arrays have been evaluated on 304n stainless steel samples, typical of the primary circuit in nuclear plants. Thick section samples have been inspected using a 1MHz 2D matrix array. Due to the processing efficiency of the software, the data collected from these array configurations has been used to investigate the influence sub-aperture operation on inspection performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
Subtitle of host publicationIncorporating the 10th International Conference on Barkhausen Noise and Micromagnetic Testing
EditorsDale E. Chimenti , Leonard J. Bond, Donald O. Thompson
Place of PublicationMelville, NY
Volume1581
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2014
Event40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation: Incorporating the 10th International Conference on Barkhausen Noise and Micromagnetic Testing - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

Conference

Conference40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation: Incorporating the 10th International Conference on Barkhausen Noise and Micromagnetic Testing
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period21/07/1326/07/13

Keywords

  • TFM
  • cueMAP software
  • inspection design
  • 2D phased array

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    McGilp, A., Dziewierz, J., Lardner, T., MacKersie, J., & Gachagan, A. (2014). Inspection design using 2D phased array, TFM and cueMAP software. In D. E. Chimenti , L. J. Bond, & D. O. Thompson (Eds.), 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation: Incorporating the 10th International Conference on Barkhausen Noise and Micromagnetic Testing (Vol. 1581). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.486480