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Corrosion monitoring using high-frequency guided waves

Fromme, P; (2018) Corrosion monitoring using high-frequency guided waves. In: 9th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (EWSHM 2018), July 10-13, 2018 in Manchester, UK. NDT.net: Manchester, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Corrosion can develop due to adverse environmental conditions during the service life of industrial structures, e.g., offshore oil platforms, ships, and desalination plants. Both pitting corrosion and generalized corrosion leading to wall thickness loss can cause the reduction of the strength and thus degradation of the structural health. The monitoring of corrosion damage in difficult to access areas can be achieved using high frequency guided waves propagating along the structure from accessible areas. Using standard ultrasonic transducers with single sided access to the structure, guided wave modes were selectively generated that penetrate through the complete thickness of the structure. The wave propagation and interference of the different guided wave modes depends on the thickness of the structure. Laboratory experiments were conducted and the wall thickness reduced by consecutive milling of the steel structure. Further measurements were conducted using accelerated corrosion in a salt water bath and the damage severity monitored. From the measured signal change due to the wave mode interference the wall thickness reduction was monitored. Good agreement with theoretical predictions was achieved. The high frequency guided waves have the potential for corrosion damage monitoring at critical and difficult to access locations from a stand-off distance.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Corrosion monitoring using high-frequency guided waves
Event: 9th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (EWSHM 2018)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ndt.net/?id=23235
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Corrosion, Ultrasonics, Long-range ultrasonics, Offshore structures
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082945
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