Title

Theory and Validation of Optical Transmission Scanning for Quantitative NDE of Impact Damage in GFRP Composites

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-15-2016

Publication Title

Composites Part B: Engineering

DOI

10.1016/j.compositesb.2016.09.081

ISSN

1359-8368

Abstract

Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques that can measure both surface and subsurface defects are of critical importance in evaluating the integrity of GFRP composites. In the present work, optical transmission scanning (OTS) technique was proposed for acquiring high-resolution, rapid, and non-contact OT (optical transmittance)-scans of pristine and impacted GFRP samples. Advanced data analysis was developed and implemented to identify the number of delaminations at every scan position. The results agreed very well with the actual number and extent of delaminations observed directly from a cross-section of the specimen. Overall, the presented technique lays the groundwork for cost-effective, non-contact, rapid, and quantitative NDE of GFRP composite structures.

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