Application of pulse compression signal processing techniques to electromagnetic acoustic transducers for noncontact thickness measurements and imaging

K. S. Ho, T. H. Gan, D. R. Billson, D. A. Hutchins
2005 Review of Scientific Instruments  
A pair of non-contact EMATs has been used for thickness measurements and imaging of metallic plates. This was performed using wide bandwidth EMATs and pulse-compression signal processing techniques, using chirp excitation. This gives a greatly improved Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) for non-contact experiments, increasing the speed of data acquisition. A numerical simulation of the technique has confirmed the performance. Experimental results indicate that it is possible to perform non-contact
more » ... asonic imaging and thickness gauging in a wide range of metal plates. Advantages over conventional transient or tone-burst excitation will be discussed.
doi:10.1063/1.1899310 fatcat:tswlwt34ejdznpw5b3dzjaaf2y