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Sparse ensemble matrix factorization for debond detection in CFRP composites using optical thermography

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bin Gao, Professor Gui Yun TianORCiD


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© 2018 Elsevier B.V. With the increasing use of CFRP in aircraft and automotive industry, it has become necessary to monitor the health of the composite structure during the manufacture and service process from flaws such as debond or delamination by using optical pulsed thermography non-destructive testing (OPTNDT) techniques. However, current OPTNDT methods cannot efficiently tackle the influence from the strong noise, and the resolution enhancement of the defects detection remains as a critical challenge. To alleviate this problem, this paper proposes the sparse ensemble matrix factorization approach to remove the noise and enhance the resolution for the defects detection. Specifically, the algorithm is based on the sparse representation and noise is modeled as a mixture of Gaussian (MoG) distribution. It provides a projection from the raw data onto the sparse and low dimensional sub-space while the defects information is significantly enhanced with the layer decomposed approach in the low dimensional space. Not withstand above, a Gaussian low pass filtering and non-linear enhancement is conducted for further enhancement. The proposed method is coupled with several comparison studies to verify the efficacy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ahmed J, Gao B, Tian GY, Yang Y, Fan YC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Infrared Physics and Technology

Year: 2018

Volume: 92

Pages: 392-401

Print publication date: 01/08/2018

Online publication date: 30/06/2018

Acceptance date: 13/06/2018

ISSN (print): 1350-4495

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.infrared.2018.06.018


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