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Detection and characterisation of disbonds on Fibre Metal Laminate hybrid composites by flying laser spot thermography

  • Autori: Montinaro, N.; Cerniglia, D.; Pitarresi, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: Hybrid; Laser thermography; Layered structures; Non-destructive testing; Thermal analysis; Ceramics and Composites; Mechanics of Materials; Mechanical Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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In this work a novel data collection and processing is proposed for the Infrared Non-Destructive Testing (IR-NDT) of interlaminar disbonds on Fibre Metal Laminate (FML) hybrid composites. The adopted active IR-NDT scheme uses a pointwise laser heat source that is moved along a raster scanning trajectory over the object surface. A Focal Plane Array IR camera is employed to acquire the thermal field generated by the moving heat source. Disbonds defect signatures are then searched by analysing the perturbations of the temperature distribution over a reference area following the heat source. The proposed methodology has been implemented on a GLARE sample, since this class of FMLs has gained extensive use in aerospace structures. In particular, a sample of GLARE 1 3/2–0.3 was manufactured in-house, containing triangular shaped artificial disbonds at different interlayers. The novel inspection approach was able to detect the position, size and to some extent the shape of interlaminar defects by recording the changes in standard deviation of the temperature over the monitored area. The sensitivity found in detecting disbonds proposes the presented methodology as a potential alternative to more conventional inspection routes for FMLs.