Double active thermographic inspection of additive manufacturing composites: numerical modelling and validation

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Abstract

This study investigates the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection of 3D-printed fibre-reinforced polymers, comparing the conventional Active Transient Thermography (ATT) technique with a novel variant known as Double Active Transient Thermography (DATT). Finite element models for the simulation of both inspection techniques are validated by evaluating two statistical measures to correlate the numerical results with the experimental responses. The thermal contrast obtained with DATT was approximately twice the one obtained with ATT, for all tested samples. Numerical models allowed an insight evaluation of the heat dissipation along the thickness of the specimens, specifically around the fibres and the defects. These validated numerical models evidenced a relevant tool to predict the results of thermal contrast and to optimize the inspection parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113212
Number of pages8
JournalMeasurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation
Volume218
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2023

Keywords

  • Computational modelling
  • Double Active Transient Thermography (DATT)
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Polymer-matrix composites (PMC)
  • Thermal analysis

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