Optimizing active thermography with numerical analysis

PhD project Jeroen Peeters

Abstract

Performing accurate and efficient Non-Destructive Evaluations of complex shaped structures requires a lot of expertise and always remains challenging. The goal of this research is to develop a time efficient algorithm to update a FE model with Non-Destructive Test data to improve active thermography measurements with the aid of a validated FE model. There is developed a methodology to improve the quality of thermal experiments of complex structures by using less advanced equipment in combination with numerical simulation.

The possible applications in industry are broad (quality control, aerospace- and automotive-industry, large steel structures, biomedical applications, etc.). Some examples:

  1. Optimized inspection setup for automated quality control using active thermography
  2. Broader implementation for low cost industry due to extended capabilities of low cost microbolometer cameras
  3. Complex shape emissivity estimation

Contact

Jeroen Peeters Groeneneborger, Gebouw Z
Z324
Groenenborgerlaan 171
2020 Antwerpen
Belgie
Tel. +3232651854
jeroen.peeters2@uantwerpen.be