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Effects of Crack Size Using Resonant Inspection


"Effect of Crack Size on Natural Frequency Using Resonant Inspection"

Resonant Inspection is commonly used by powdered metal part manufacturers to sort quality components from those with structural defects. One of the more common structural defects found in powdered metal parts are cracks, often produced while in the green state. A controlled experiment was designed to investigate the sensitivity of resonant frequency shifts to crack size. This evaluation was intended to generalize and quantify the effectiveness of resonant inspection by generating a variety of crack sizes within a tightly controlled set of production parts. Although data was acquired to quantify how small of a crack the resonant inspection technique can detect, it is important to recognize that these results cannot be applied across all powdered metal parts due to differences in part geometry, mass and stiffness as well as control of production process variations.

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