A portable ultrasonic nondestructive inspection system for metal matrix composite track shoes

Bao Mi, Xiaoliang Zhao, Tao Qian, Mark Stevenson, Chiman Kwan, Steven E. Owens, Roger L. Royer, Bernhard R. Tittmann, Basavaraju B. Raju

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Abstract

Cast aluminum track shoes reinforced with metal matrix composite (MMC) inserts at heavy loading areas such as center splines and sprocket windows are light in weight, and can resist high temperature and wear. Various defects such as disbonds at the insert-substrate interface, cracks and porosity in the MMC layer, etc. can be introduced during the manufacturing process and/or in service. This paper presents a portable ultrasonic system to automatically inspect tank track shoes for disbond. Ultrasonic pulse/echo inspection has shown good reliability for disbond detection. A prototype sensor array fixture has been designed and fabricated to prove the feasibility. Good agreements between the sensor fixture results and ultrasonic C-scan images were obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReview of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 26
Pages1036-1043
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - May 14 2007
EventREVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2006Aug 4 2006

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume894
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

OtherREVIEW OF PROGRESS IN QUANTITATIVE NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period7/30/068/4/06

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Mi, B., Zhao, X., Qian, T., Stevenson, M., Kwan, C., Owens, S. E., Royer, R. L., Tittmann, B. R., & Raju, B. B. (2007). A portable ultrasonic nondestructive inspection system for metal matrix composite track shoes. In Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation: Volume 26 (pp. 1036-1043). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 894). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2718081