LWIR and MWIR thermography tools for composites assessment

Nicolas P. Avdelidis, Eetta Saarimäki, Timo Kauppinen, Panagiotis Theodorakeas, Angelo Tati, Eleni Cheilakou, Stella Fanou, Maria Koui, Chiraz Ennaceur

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Smart methods for assessing the integrity of a composite structure are essential to both reduce manufacturing costs and out of service time of the structure due to maintenance. Nowadays, thermal non-destructive testing (NDT) is commonly used for assessing composites. This research work evaluates the potential of various infrared thermography (IRT) approaches for assessing different types of fabricated defects (i.e. impact damage, inclusions for delaminations, etc) on Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) plates. Measurements were performed using LWIR and three active approaches: a) pulsed thermography using the flash method (xenon flash lamps), b) transient themography using IR-heating pulse, and c) thermographic inspection for cooled sample by freezing in -20°C and then use monitoring. Furthermore, integrated flash thermography by employing a MWIR system was also used. © 2010 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventThermosense XXXII - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


ConferenceThermosense XXXII
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/10 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Avdelidis, N. P., Saarimäki, E., Kauppinen, T., Theodorakeas, P., Tati, A., Cheilakou, E., ... Ennaceur, C. (2010). LWIR and MWIR thermography tools for composites assessment. Paper presented at Thermosense XXXII, United States. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.850863