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An annular array with fiber composite microstructure for far field NDT imaging applications

Ramadas, S.N. and Dziewierz, J. and O'Leary, R.L. and Gachagan, A. and Velichko, A. and Wilcox, P.D. (2010) An annular array with fiber composite microstructure for far field NDT imaging applications. In: 2009 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 2009-09-20 - 2009-09-23.

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Abstract

This paper describes the design and fabrication of a reduced element count annular array for far field NDT imaging applications, built with a random fiber piezoelectric composite microstructure. An annular array design is considered, spatially it offers axi-symmetric layout while reducing number of array elements, which could potentially result in a significant reduction in the cost and complexity of building an ultrasonic volumetric imaging system. Modelling and preliminary experimental results are presented to evaluate the feasibility of this approach.