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A confidence map based damage assessment approach using pulsed thermographic inspection

Zhao, Y., Addepalli, S., Sirikham, A. & Roy, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5491-7437 (2018). A confidence map based damage assessment approach using pulsed thermographic inspection. NDT & E International, 93, pp. 86-97. doi: 10.1016/j.ndteint.2017.10.001


In the context of non-destructive testing, quantification of uncertainty caused by various factors such as inspection technique, testing environment and the operator is important and challenge. This paper introduces a concept of contour-based confidence map and an application framework for pulsed thermography that offers enhanced flexibility and reliability of inspection. This approach has been successfully applied to detect three flat-bottom holes of diameter 32, 16 and 8 mm drilled onto a 5 mm thick aluminium plate with a high accuracy of damage detection (R > 0.97). Its suitability and effectiveness in assessing impact damage occurring in composites have also been demonstrated.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Publisher Keywords: NDT, Reliability, Thermography, Impact damage assessment, Composite
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology
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