Evaluation of Wall-Thinning in Pipes Using Laser-Generated Guided Waves
Local wall thinning is one of the major causes for the structural fracture of pipes of nuclear power plants. Therefore, assessment of local wall thinning due to corrosion is an important issue in nondestructive evaluation for the integrity of nuclear power plants. In this study, lasergenerated guided waves were used for pipe inspection, where a laser beam illuminated through linear slit array was used as the transmitter and the air-coupled transducer was used as the receiver. Slits was used in order to enhance the mode-selectivity of guided waves, since the space of slits is equal to the wavelength of the generated wave. The air-coupled transducer detected the selected single mode by turning its detection angle that was calculated from the relations between the wave propagation velocity in air and the phase velocity in dispersion curves. Experimental results for a 4- mm thick carbon steel pipe showed that the detection of the specific mode was useful in the distinction of the wall-thinning thickness in the carbon steel pipe.
Soon-Bok Lee and Yun-Jae Kim
J. H. Park et al., "Evaluation of Wall-Thinning in Pipes Using Laser-Generated Guided Waves", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 326-328, pp. 705-708, 2006