Subharmonic phased array for crack evaluation using surface acoustic wave

Akihiro Ouchi, Azusa Sugawara, Yoshikazu Ohara, Kazushi Yamanaka

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To accurately measure closed crack length, we proposed an imaging method using a subharmonic phased array for crack evaluation using surface acoustic waves (SAW SPACE) with water immersion. We applied SAW SPACE to the hole specimen in a fundamental array (FA) image. The hole was imaged with high resolution. Subsequently, SAW SPACE was applied to fatigue crack and stress corrosion crack (SCC) specimens. A fatigue crack was imaged in FA and subharmonic array (SA) images, and the length of this particular fatigue crack measured in the images was almost the same as that measured by optical observation. The SCC was imaged and its length was accurately measured in the SA image, whereas it was underestimated in the FA image and by optical observation. Thus, we demonstrated that SAW SPACE with water immersion is useful for the accurate measurement of closed crack length and for imaging the distribution of open and closed parts of cracks with high resolution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number07HC05
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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