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Matrix laser vibrometer for transient modal imaging and rapid nondestructive testing

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James M. Kilpatrick, Vladimir Markov

MetroLaser Inc.

Proc. SPIE 7098, Eighth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications, 709809 (June 17, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.802929
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  • Eighth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications
  • Ancona, Italy | June 18, 2008

abstract

This article describes the development and application of a 16x16 array (matrix) laser vibrometer based on a parallel architecture which supports fast 2D measurement of arbitrary (steady state, non-steady state, transient) solid body vibrations without beam scanning. The small size and low weight of the measurement probe, which is linked to a remote detector/processor unit via a flexible armoured fibre-optic umbilical, enables deployment in areas with restricted access. Incorporating aspects of high-speed electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) and laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV), the design is based on a hybrid fiber-optic/bulk optic interferometer which operates at a wavelength of 1550 nm. Test data illustrate high-speed capture of transient vibrations, showing the full 2D temporal evolution of surface deformation, including multiple resonant modes, of a center-pinned metal plate excited by a 1-50 kHz frequency chirp of 109 ms duration. We discuss preliminary data showing detection of sub-surface defects in composite materials, based on non-contact (frequency chirped) acoustic resonance of the locally damaged structure. For large area NDT the probe can be mounted on a lightweight XY gantry for automated multi-frame measurements.

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James M. Kilpatrick and Vladimir Markov
"Matrix laser vibrometer for transient modal imaging and rapid nondestructive testing", Proc. SPIE 7098, Eighth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications, 709809 (June 17, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.802929; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.802929


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