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A Review of Optical NDT Technologies

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Gui Yun TianORCiD, Hong Zhang


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Optical non-destructive testing (NDT) has gained more and more attention in recent years, mainly because of its non-destructive imaging characteristics with high precision and sensitivity. This paper provides a review of the main optical NDT technologies, including fibre optics, electronic speckle, infrared thermography, endoscopic and terahertz technology. Among them, fibre optics features easy integration and embedding, electronic speckle focuses on whole-field high precision detection, infrared thermography has unique advantages for tests of combined materials, endoscopic technology provides images of the internal surface of the object directly, and terahertz technology opens a new direction of internal NDT because of its excellent penetration capability to most of non-metallic materials. Typical engineering applications of these technologies are illustrated, with a brief introduction of the history and discussion of recent progress.

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Author(s): Zhu YK, Tian GY, Lu RS, Zhang H

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sensors

Year: 2011

Volume: 11

Issue: 8

Pages: 7773-7798

Print publication date: 01/08/2011

ISSN (electronic): 1424-8220

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/s110807773