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The Advantages of Laser Ultrasonics for the Inspection of Complex Composite Parts

This article shows two examples of component types that, in a high production rate environment, are very difficult to inspect quickly and easily with conventional NDT. Herein is been demonstrated how laser ultrasound can be used as a simpler, faster and more efficient solution to the inspection of these challenging components while providing results that are less dependent on the skill of the operator running the system.

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Drake, T.E., Jr., K.R. Yawn, S.Y. Chuang, M.A. Osterkamp, P. Acres, M. Thomas, D. Kaiser, C. Marquardt, B. Filkins, P. Lorraine, K. Martin and J. Miller, “Affordable NDE of Aerospace Composites with Laser Ultrasonics,” Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Vol. 17, 1998, p. 587. Osterkamp, M. and D. Kaiser, “Application of Laser Ultrasonics for the Non-destructive Inspection of Complex Composite Aerospace Structures,” 1st International Symposium on Laser Ultrasonics: Science, Technology and Applications, Montreal, Canada, 16–18 July 2008. Yawn, K.R., T.E. Drake, Jr., M.A. Osterkamp, S.Y. Chuang, P. Acres, M. Thomas, D. Kaiser, C. Marquardt, B. Filkins, P. Lorraine, K. Martin and J. Miller, “Large-scale Laser Ultrasonic Facility for Aerospace Applications,” Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Vol. 18, 1999, p. 387.
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