Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Engineering Physics
Matthew J. Bohn, PhD
Five methods of non-destructive material evaluation (NDE) were used to inspect various forms of damage commonly found in aerospace fiberglass composites: voids, edge and sub-surface delaminations, surface burning, and cracking. The images produced by X-ray, X-ray Computed Tomography, terahertz (THz) imaging, ultrasound, and flash IR thermography were analyzed for the detection of defects. Test results and analysis of each NDE method's capabilities provide a comparison study of conventional techniques versus the emerging technology of THz imaging for the non-destructive evaluation of aerospace composite materials. A comparison guide to the five methods' damage detection effectiveness for fiberglass composites is provided by defect type.
DTIC Accession Number
Johnson, Jeremy D., "Non-Destructive Evaluation of Aerospace Composites" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2450.