Location

La Jolla ,CA

Start Date

1-1-1989 12:00 AM

Description

An expert system, FLEX, for classifying isolated flaws as either crack-like or volumetric has been under development at the Center for NDE, Iowa State University. Previously, we have described the overall design of the system [1], which is composed of two cooperating systems FEAP and FLAP. The feature processing (FEAP) system is designed to extract fundamental features in the ultrasonic signals that are indicative of cracks or volumetric flaws. The flaw processing (FLAP) system then uses the existence (or non-existence) of these features to classify the flaw. FLAP is structured as a classical rule-based expert system and has also been described previously [2]. Here, we will present the major elements of FEAP and the design philosophy that has gone into its construction. A more detailed account of FEAP is given in the thesis of Christensen [3].

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

8A

Chapter

Chapter 3: Interpretive Signal and Image Processing

Section

Expert Systems and Adaptive Analysis

Pages

657-664

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4613-0817-1_83

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Ultrasonic Flaw Classification — An Expert System Approach

La Jolla ,CA

An expert system, FLEX, for classifying isolated flaws as either crack-like or volumetric has been under development at the Center for NDE, Iowa State University. Previously, we have described the overall design of the system [1], which is composed of two cooperating systems FEAP and FLAP. The feature processing (FEAP) system is designed to extract fundamental features in the ultrasonic signals that are indicative of cracks or volumetric flaws. The flaw processing (FLAP) system then uses the existence (or non-existence) of these features to classify the flaw. FLAP is structured as a classical rule-based expert system and has also been described previously [2]. Here, we will present the major elements of FEAP and the design philosophy that has gone into its construction. A more detailed account of FEAP is given in the thesis of Christensen [3].