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Physical Basis of Resonant Acoustic Method


"Physical Basis of the Resonant Acoustic Method for Flaw Detection"

Resonant inspection measures the structural response of a part and evaluates it against the statistical variation from a control set of good parts to screen defects. Its volumetric approach tests the whole part, both for external and internal structural flaws or deviations, providing objective and quantitative results. This structural response is a unique and measurable signature, defined by a component’s mechanical resonances. These resonances are a function of part geometry and material properties and are the basis for Resonant Acoustic Method for Flaw Detection. By measuring the resonances of a part, one determines the structural characteristics of that part in a single test. Typical flaws and defects adversely affecting the structural characteristics for powdered metal as would be introduced in the green state are geometry related and typically a result of handling. This paper introduces the physical basis of the technique.

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