Location

Seattle, WA

Start Date

1-1-1996 12:00 AM

Description

Data fusion methods are finding increasing application in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) [2, 3, 4] for enhancing the reliability of inspection. These techniques typically combine information from two or more NDE modalities to improve the probability of detecting flaws and enhance specimen characterization results [1]. Eddy current methods rely on diffusion for propagating energy. Ultrasonic methods, in contrast, rely on wave propagation. Consequently, the two tests rely on different material/energy interaction processes and can potentially provide complementary perspectives of the flaw in a specimen. This paper proposes a novel phenomenological approach using Q-transforms for addressing the registration issue in the fusion of eddy current and ultrasonic data. Specifically, ultrasonic signals are Q-transformed to the diffusion domain. The transformation allows the superposition of the transformed field on the eddy current field as shown in Figure 1. It is anticipated that the resulting field will have a lower signal-to-noise ratio.

Volume

15A

Chapter

Chapter 3: Signal Processing and Image Analysis

Section

Signal Processing

Pages

813-820

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4613-0383-1_106

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

Registration Issues in the Fusion of Eddy Current and Ultrasound NDE Data Using Q-Transforms

Seattle, WA

Data fusion methods are finding increasing application in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) [2, 3, 4] for enhancing the reliability of inspection. These techniques typically combine information from two or more NDE modalities to improve the probability of detecting flaws and enhance specimen characterization results [1]. Eddy current methods rely on diffusion for propagating energy. Ultrasonic methods, in contrast, rely on wave propagation. Consequently, the two tests rely on different material/energy interaction processes and can potentially provide complementary perspectives of the flaw in a specimen. This paper proposes a novel phenomenological approach using Q-transforms for addressing the registration issue in the fusion of eddy current and ultrasonic data. Specifically, ultrasonic signals are Q-transformed to the diffusion domain. The transformation allows the superposition of the transformed field on the eddy current field as shown in Figure 1. It is anticipated that the resulting field will have a lower signal-to-noise ratio.