Online monitoring of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) components requires a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) method capable of contactless sensing of damage, while enabling high inspection speeds needed for monitoring large components. Eddy current testing (ECT) of CFRP components has great potential for two reasons. First, ECT probes are capable of operating without contact, although minimizing the lift-off is preferred. Second, impedance analysers with high sample rates make high-speed inspection possible. This research assesses the damage detection capabilities of eddy current probes on CFRP samples with artificial and realistic damage. To support the aptitude of the ECT method for these needs, the CFRP material is characterized and numerical simulations are performed in order to develop optimized and tailored ECT probes for the detection of defects with different morphologies, namely fibre breakage and delaminations, and to take into consideration the highly anisotropic electrical bulk resistivity of the CFRP material. Different ECT probes were designed, produced and experimentally validated. The experiments were performed at a high inspection speed (4 m/s) and the high sensitivity of the probes was demonstrated.
|Title of host publication||58th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, NDT 2019|
|Publisher||British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||58th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, NDT 2019 - Telford, United Kingdom|
Duration: 3 Sep 2019 → 5 Sep 2019
|Conference||58th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, NDT 2019|
|Period||3/09/19 → 5/09/19|