Mechanics & Industry
Volume 15, Number 6, 2014
|Page(s)||509 - 516|
|Published online||28 August 2014|
Defects detection by infrared thermography with a new microwave excitation system
Laboratoire Génie Civil et Géo-Environnement (LGCgE), PRES Lille Nord de France, Faculté des Sciences Appliquées, Technoparc Futura, 62400 Béthune, France
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Received: 7 January 2014
Accepted: 15 May 2014
This study presents a NDT method using infrared thermography associated with a microwave excitation. The advantages of such stimulation lie in the volumic absorption of incoming waves which lead to a greater sounded depth. This method is applied to two types of samples. The first is a concrete slab reinforced with CFRP on which a bonding failure is inserted and the second is a wooden plate on which a metallic insert is placed on the back face. The device generating the microwaves is made of a commercial magnetron associated with a pyramidal horn antenna. An infrared camera is placed on the same side as the stimulated surface and thermograms are recorded at regular intervals. The whole assembly is placed in a protective room against high frequencies. The incident power density leads to heating of less than 1 °C of the surface of the samples. The thermograms show a higher temperature rise in front of the defect area. The non-uniformity of the beam, leads us to treat the thermograms with an algorithm of contrast. These first results show the interest of the microwave excitation to detect defects deeper than in the case of surface excitation.
Key words: NDT / infrared thermography / microwave / CFRP / wood
© AFM, EDP Sciences 2014
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