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Simultsonic: A Simulation Tool for Ultrasonic Inspection

10 Mar 2006-Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (American Institute of Physics)-Vol. 820, Iss: 1, pp 1894-1901

AbstractA simulation program SIMULTSONIC is under development at CNDE to help determine and/or help optimize ultrasonic probe locations for inspection of complex components. SIMULTSONIC provides a ray‐trace based assessment initially followed by a displacement or pressure field‐based assessment for user‐specified probe positions and user‐selected component. Immersion and contact modes of inspection are available in SIMULTSONIC. The code written in Visual C++ operating in Microsoft Windows environment provides an interactive user interface. In this paper, the application of SIMULTSONIC to the inspection of very thin‐walled pipes (with 450 um wall thickness) is described. Ray trace based assessment was done using SIMULTSONIC to determine the standoff distance and the angle of oblique incidence for an immersion mode focused transducer. A 3‐cycle Hanning window pulse was chosen for simulations. Experiments were carried out to validate the simulations. The A‐scans and the associated B‐Scan images obtained through simu...

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Abstract: This paper reports experimental sizing of fatigue crack profiles that are initiated from artificially made circumferential starter notches in stainless steel pipes of 169 mm outer diameter and 14.33 mm thickness, which were subjected to cyclic bending loads in a four point bending load arrangement using two nondestractive evaluation (NDE) methods: (a) phased array ultrasonic technique and (b) alternating current potential drop technique. The crack growth estimated using the two NDE techniques were compared with the beach marks that were present in the fracture surface. A simulation study using the ray tracing method was carried out to model the ultrasonic wave propagation in the test specimen, and the results were compared with the experimental results.

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Abstract: A simulation program SIMULTSONIC is under development at CNDE to help determine and/or help optimize ultrasonic probe locations for inspection of complex components. SIMULTSONIC provides a ray-trace based assessment for immersion and contact modes of inspection. The code written in Visual C++ operating in Microsoft Windows environment provides an interactive user interface. In this paper, a description of the various features of SIMULTSONIC is given followed by examples illustrating the capability of SIMULTSONIC to deal with inspection of canonical objects such as pipes. In particular, the use of SIMULTSONIC in the inspection of very thin-walled pipes (with 450 urn wall thickness) is described. Ray trace based assessment was done using SIMULTSONIC to determine the standoff distance and the angle of oblique incidence for an immersion mode focused transducer. A 3-cycle Hanning window pulse was chosen for simulations. Experiments were carried out to validate the simulations. The A-scans and the associated B-Scan images obtained through simulations show good correlation with experimental results, both with the arrival time of the signal as well as with the signal amplitudes.

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  • ...At CNDE, as part of a large research program, the need to develop a ray-based assessment code for UT inspection is being addressed through a simulation program SIMULTSONIC [ 12 ]....

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Abstract: The present article addresses the development at Centre for Non-destructive Evaluation, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, of three different numerical methods, namely finite element, ray tracing and finite-difference time-domain methods for investigating the propagation of ultrasonic waves through polycrystalline media. These methods are believed to aid in better understanding of ultrasonic wave interaction in materials exhibiting both simple and complex grain morphologies. The understanding is expected to provide an improved non-destructive assessment of material and defect characterisation.

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