Papers by Author: Suk Chull Kang

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Authors: Sung Jin Song, Joon Soo Park, Hak Joon Kim, Un Hak Seong, Suk Chull Kang, Young Hwan Choi
Abstract: In this study, the expanded multi-Gaussian beam model is adopted to develop a model to calculate the ultrasonic beam fields radiated from an ultrasonic phased array transducer. Combining this beam model with three other components including time delays, a far-field scattering model and a system efficiency factor, we develop a complete ultrasonic measurement model for predicting the phased array ultrasonic signals that can be captured from a flat-bottom hole in a steel specimen in a pulse-echo set-up using an array transducer mounted in a solid wedge. This paper describes the complete model developed with its key ingredients.
Authors: Jae Do Kwon, Seung Wan Woo, Choon Yeol Lee, Suk Chull Kang, Ho Sang Shin
Abstract: Conventionally, shield metal arc welding (SMAW) process was applied to join pipes of RCL, which caused lot of loss in time and cost due to excessive heat input and defects in joining section. Recently, narrow-gap welding (NGW) process was introduced to overcome the disadvantages of SMAW. However, the application of NGW to nuclear power plant is not yet common because safety of NGW process is not proven. In present paper, the welded coupons are manufactured under different welding processes in carbon steel. Then, microstructure observations and various mechanical tests are performed. It is verified that the mechanical properties of carbon steel are greatly changed after repair welding process due to applied heat flux, and that the effect of post-welding heat treatment is beneficial.
Authors: Joo Young Yoo, Sung Jin Song, Chang Hwan Kim, Hee Jun Jung, Young Hwan Choi, Suk Chull Kang, Hyun Kyu Jung
Abstract: In the present study, the synthetic signals from the combo tube are simulated by using commercial electromagnetic numerical analysis software which has been developed based on a volume integral method. A comparison of the simulated signals to the experiments is made for the verification of accuracy, and then evaluation of five deliberated single circumferential indication signals is performed to explore a possibility of using a numerical simulation as a practical calibration tool. The good agreement between the evaluation results for two cases (calibration done by experiments and calibration made by simulation) demonstrates such a high possibility.
Authors: Myung Ho Song, Ho Sang Shin, Young Kyu Kim, Suk Chull Kang
Authors: Young H. Kim, Sung Jin Song, Jin Soo Hur, Eui Lae Kim, Chang Jae Yim, Young Hwan Choi, Suk Chull Kang, Myung Ho Song
Abstract: Eddy current testing (ECT) is widely used in in-service inspection as well as pre-service inspection of the steam generator (SG) tubes in nuclear power plant of pressurized water reactor type. The interpretation of ECT signals, however, is truly a difficult task so that the reliability enhancement of signal interpretation is strongly desired. An enhanced interpretation tools for ECT signals have been developed by the novel combination of neural networks and finite element modeling for quantitative flaw characterization SG tubes. A database was constructed using synthetic ECT signals generated by the finite element models and principal component analysis (PCA) was adopted in order to optimize the feature set of ECT signals. The improvement in the performances by the features with PCA and the excellent performance for the experimental ECT signals demonstrate the high potential of the developed inversion tools for reliable interpretation of eddy current signals. To explore the possibility of applying the developed approach in practical inspection, we developed an automated system (laboratory prototype) that can acquire experimental ECT signals from SG tubes and carry out the quantitative flaw characterization in a real time fashion by applying the approach developed in the present work.
Authors: Hee Jun Jung, Sung Jin Song, Chang Hwan Kim, Joo Young Yoo, Young Hwan Choi, Suk Chull Kang, Myung Ho Song
Abstract: For inspection of steam generator tubes in nuclear power plants using eddy current testing, it is a very crucial task to extract the flaw signal from signals compounded by flaws and supporting structures. To perform such an important task, the multifrequency eddy current testing method is widely adopted. In this study, we explore the performance of a linear mixing technique based on the discrete cosine transform method by experiments. The results obtained using the DCT based method agree very well to those obtained by commercial software demonstrating the effectiveness of the approach.
Authors: Joo Young Yoo, Sung Jin Song, Hee Jun Jung, Hyung Ju Yu, Young Hwan Choi, Suk Chull Kang, Dong Hoon Lee
Abstract: Signals acquired from a Combo calibration standard tube used to calibrate for inspection and evaluation of motorized rotating pancake coil probe signals from steam generator tubes. So, Combo tube signals should be consistent and accurate since they have strong influence on evaluation procedure of signals. However, motorized rotating pancake coil probe signals are very easily affected by various factors so that they can distort amplitudes and phase angles which are quantitative terms for signal evaluation. To overcome this problem, we explored possibility of using numerical simulation as a practical calibration tool for the evaluation of real field signals. In this study, we investigated the characteristics of a motorized rotating pancake coil probe and a Combo tube. And then we used commercial software to produce a set of calibration signals and compared to the experiments. Using simulated Combo tube signals, we evaluated deliberated single circumferential indication defects, and these results were compared with experimental signal evaluation results.
Authors: Hyun Mook Kim, Ik Keun Park, Un Su Park, Youn Won Park, Suk Chull Kang, Jin Ho Lee
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