MODELS IN THE DESIGN AND VALIDATION OF EDDY CURRENT INSPECTION FOR CRACKING IN THE SHUTTLE REACTION CONTROL SYSTEM THRUSTER

John C. Aldrin, Phillip A. Williams, Buzz Wincheski, Donald O. Thompson, Dale E. Chimenti
2009 AIP Conference Proceedings  
A case study is presented for using models in eddy current NDE design for crack detection in Shuttle Reaction Control System thruster components. Numerical methods were used to address the complex geometry of the part and perform parametric studies of potential transducer designs. Simulations were found to show agreement with experimental results. Accurate representation of the coherent noise associated with the measurement and part geometry was found to be critical to properly evaluate the
more » ... ly evaluate the best probe designs.
doi:10.1063/1.3114186 fatcat:rjhn6ls2g5bn5n3iz3ir3z3yqu