Volume 16, Issue 6 (2016)                   Modares Mechanical Engineering 2016, 16(6): 353-361 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Assistant Professor of Mechatronic Engineering Department, University of Tabriz
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Ultrasonic Phased Arrays are an emerging technology in nondestructive testing and evaluation. Some important factors affecting on the performance of these probes include, positioning elements in probe, number of elements, distance between two elements, elements length, and time delays to excite probe elements. The type of linear phased array probes is a prevailing type in which elements placed side by side and longitudinally. In this paper based on analyzing the existent laws in design and performance of the phased array probes related to the propagation of ultrasonic waves, an improved dimensional design for ultrasonic linear phased array probes, as well as improvement of the sequence of time delays to excite the probe elements are done. In order to evaluate the performance of the probe with improved design in comparison with a similar ordinary probe, an ultrasonic phased array test is simulated using FEM-based ABAQUS software. By numerical simulations, the performance of the probe with improved design versus the ordinary probe for propagating the guided waves in a thin square aluminum plate is compared. In first part, the attenuation coefficient of the received signals of reflected wave is evaluated, and in second part, the performance of the probes for radial scanning is compared. Results of both simulations confirm that the performance of the probe with improved design is much better than the similar ordinary one. Specially, the probe with improved design propagates the ultrasonic waves with the maximum head wave energy, and steers them with higher accuracy towards a determined direction.
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Article Type: Research Article | Subject: Non Destvuctive Test
Received: 2016/04/30 | Accepted: 2016/06/1 | Published: 2016/07/5