Papers by Author: Jong Ho Park

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Authors: Jong Ho Park, Joon Hyun Lee, Gyeong Chul Seo, Sang Woo Choi
Abstract: In carbon steel pipes of nuclear power plants, local wall thinning may result from erosion-corrosion or flow-accelerated corrosion(FAC) damage. Local wall thinning is one of the major causes for the structural fracture of these pipes. 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, laser-generated ultrasound technique was employed to evaluate local wall thinning due to corrosion. Guided waves were generated in the thermoelastic regime using a Q-switched pulsed Nd:YAG laser with a linear slit array. . In this paper, time-frequency analysis of ultrasonic waveforms using wavelet transform allowed the identification of generated guided wave modes by comparison with the theoretical dispersion curves. Modes conversion and group velocity were employed to detect thickness reduction.
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Authors: Jong Ho Park, Joon Hyun Lee, Min Rae Lee
Abstract: 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.
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