Monday, 4 February 2013

T-Ray NDE Inspections on the Fiber Direction of Thermoplastic PPS-Based CFRP Composites

ISSN: 1662-8985

KH Im, DK Hsu, CP Chiou, DJ Barnard 

Terahertz ray (T-ray) imaging has been emerged as one of the most promising new powerful nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques, and new application systems are under processing development for the area applications. The terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz TDS) can be considered as a useful tool using general non-conducting materials; however it is quite limited to conducting materials. In this study, a new time-domain spectroscopy system was utilized for detecting and evaluating layup effect and flaw in FRP composite laminates. In order to solve various material properties, the index of refraction (n) and the absorption coefficient (α) are derived in reflective and transmission configuration using the terahertz time domain spectroscopy. However, the T-ray is limited in order to penetrate a conducting material to some degree. So, investigation of terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz TDS) was made and reflection and transmission configurations were studied for a 48-ply thermoplastic PPS (poly-phenylene sulfide)-based CFRP solid laminate.
The measurements in this paper were acquired using TeraView's TPS Spectra 3000. In particular, the gantry was used as a module to the Spectra 3000.
In the article, details of the instrumentation as well as pictures of the setup can be found: .... "Page 2. Fig.1. Photo of the experimental setup used for terahertz transmission imaging.
Terahertz Radiation The terahertz instrumentation systems used in this research were
provided by TeraView Limited."  ...