How To Fully Utilize Your Phased Array System

When asked to do 80 welds in a day a phased array inspector might feel a little over whelmed. But more over whelming than the inspection and field evaluation is the code compliant reporting and documentation of the 80 welds. Phased Array inspection is one of the most challenging NDE methods to date. The amount of information and documentation can slow down total inspection times and fatigue inspectors. But there is some relief in the fact that PAUT data is in a digital format and because of that we can automate processes. Over the years I and others have developed advanced tools and workarounds to PAUT software and operating system limitations. This paper will explore some of the advanced solutions and exploitations that can decrease inspection and reporting times while reducing errors. This paper will also explore the use of optically track PAUT scanning and an available free opens source software called 3Dslicer that can be configured to accept PAUT data from any unit with digital display ports that can then model the data in 3D space as it was scanned

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  • 3DSlicer. (2018, September 10). Website. Retrieved from https://www.slicer.org/
  • Tang, Kevin. “Optical Tracking for NDE Sensor Scanning”, 15 July 2016. Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/K_Tang-D_Haanpaa-Optical_Tracking_For_NDE_Sensor_Scanning.pdf
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