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High-Order Spectra-Based Deconvolution of Ultrasonic NDT Signal for Defect Identification

Yamani, A. and Bettayeb, M. and Ghouti, L. (1997) High-Order Spectra-Based Deconvolution of Ultrasonic NDT Signal for Defect Identification. Ultrasonics, 35 (7). pp. 525-531.

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In ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) of materials, pulse-echo measurements are masked by the characteristics of the measuring instruments, the propagation paths taken by the ultrasonic pulses, and noise. This measured pulse-echo signal is modeled by the convolution of the defect impulse response and the measurement system response, added to noise. The deconvolution operation, therefore, seeks to undo the effect of the convolution and extract the defect impulse response which is essential for defect identification. In this contribution, we show that the defect ultrasonic model can be formulated in the higher-order-spectra (HOS) domain in which the processing is more suitable to unravel the effect of the measurement system and the additive Gaussian noise. In addition, a new technique is developed to faithfully recover the impulse response signal from its HOS. Synthesized ultrasonic signals as well as real signals obtained from artificial defects are used to show that the proposed technique is superior to conventional second-order statistics-based deconvolution techniques commonly used in NDT.

Item Type:Article
Date:November 1997
Date Type:Publication
Divisions:College Of Engineering Sciences > Electrical Engineering Dept
Creators:Yamani, A. and Bettayeb, M. and Ghouti, L.
Email:myamani@kfupm.edu.sa, UNSPECIFIED, UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:805
Deposited By:Obaid-Ur-Rehman Khattak
Deposited On:29 Mar 2008 09:56
Last Modified:12 Apr 2011 13:06

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