The development of a 2D ultrasonic array system for the in situ inspection of single crystal turbine blades

C. J L Lane*, A. K. Dunhill, B. W. Drinkwater, P. D. Wilcox

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Abstract

Modern jet-engine turbine blades are cast from single crystals of nickel-based superalloys because of the excellent mechanical properties that these materials exhibit at high temperatures. However, the anisotropic behavior of single crystals causes difficulties when using ultrasound to inspect these components for defects that could potentially initiate in-service. This paper describes the development of a 2D ultrasonic array system for the in situ inspection of these components. The problems associated with the inspection of anisotropic single crystal materials such as the directional dependence of the ultrasonic velocity, beam directivities in anisotropic media and the variation in the crystallographic orientation, are all addressed in this paper. In addition, constraints regarding access to the inspection location within the engine are discussed. Finally, the defect detection sensitivity and sizing capability of the developed system is evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages865-872
Number of pages8
Volume1430
Edition31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2012
Event38th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE 2011) - Burlington, VT, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201122 Jul 2011
Conference number: 38

Conference

Conference38th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE 2011)
Abbreviated titleQNDE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityBurlington, VT
Period17/07/1122/07/11

Keywords

  • Elastic Anisotropy
  • Single Crystals
  • Ultrasonic Arrays

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