Published in Proceedings of SPIE Conference: Orlando, FL, Volume 5782, March 29, 2005, pages 234-244.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author John Chen was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Sonic IR is an emerging, thermal-based, nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technique. Typically a short burst of high power acoustical energy is injected into an object being studied and certain types of defects heat up and is detected using a thermal imaging camera. This inspection technique is very fast, lasting only a few seconds for total inspection time. However due to many uncertainties in the inspection process it has yet to be adopted widely by industry. There are many unknown parameters governing sonic IR, which need to be understood before it becomes a widely used NDE technique. This paper shows that under certain conditions cracks can grow when subjected to the sonic IR technique. We also examine the effects of various experimental parameters on the technique.