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Ultrasonic array imaging in unknown anisotropic nuclear steels from the nuclear field using optimization algorithms

Abstract : The ability of an adaptive ultrasonic imaging procedure to inspect inside unknown anisotropic nuclear steels, such as V-shape welds or cladded components, is investigated herein. The optimization scheme combines the Total Focusing Method (TFM) imaging algorithm with a customized gradient ascent method in order to improve both the quality and reliability of ultrasound images. A statistical analysis of its robustness is performed with simulated echoes and using a surrogate model in order to speed up the computation times of TFM images. Then, the optimization procedure is evaluated on several experimental cases and it provides highly enhanced images with a 5 MHz array. The positioning of the artificial defects of 1.5 mm diameter is estimated with less than 1 mm error with respect to their actual positions, and the signal-to-noise ratio is increased by up to 10 dB. The elastic properties are also estimated with less than 10% error when compared to actual material properties.
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Submitted on : Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 9:58:01 AM
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Corentin Ménard, Sebastien Robert, Dominique Lesselier, Roberto Miorelli. Ultrasonic array imaging in unknown anisotropic nuclear steels from the nuclear field using optimization algorithms. 2020. ⟨hal-02475497⟩

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