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    Ply-orientation measurements in composites using structure-tensor analysis of volumetric ultrasonic data

    Citation

    Nelson, L, Smith, R & Mienczakowski, M, 2018, ‘Ply-orientation measurements in composites using structure-tensor analysis of volumetric ultrasonic data’. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol 104., pp. 108-119

    Abstract

    Ply wrinkling in carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates is often geometrically complex and difficult to quantify using non-destructive techniques. In this paper, an ultrasonic technique for mapping ply wrinkling is presented. The instantaneous-phase three-dimensional dataset obtained from a pulse-echo ultrasonic inspection is processed using the structure-tensor image processing technique to quantify the orientations of the internal plies of a CFRP laminate. It is shown that consideration must be given to the wrapped nature of the phase dataset during processing to obtain accurate orientation maps. Three dimensional ply orientation and ply-location maps obtained from a test coupon are compared with true ply angles and locations by overlaying the ultrasonically-derived results on X-ray CT image slices, showing that accurate orientation maps can be obtained using the proposed technique.

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