Nondestructive Evaluation of Carbon Fiber Bicycle Frames Using Infrared Thermography
AbstractBicycle frames made of carbon fibre are extremely popular for high-performance cycling due to the stiffness-to-weight ratio, which enables greater power transfer. However, products manufactured using carbon fibre are sensitive to impact damage. Therefore, intelligent nondestructive evaluation is a required step to prevent failures and ensure a secure usage of the bicycle. This work proposes an inspection method based on active thermography, a proven technique successfully applied to other materials. Different configurations for the inspection are tested, including power and heating time. Moreover, experiments are applied to a real bicycle frame with generated impact damage of different energies. Tests show excellent results, detecting the generated damage during the inspection. When the results are combined with advanced image post-processing methods, the SNR is greatly increased, and the size and localization of the defects are clearly visible in the images. View Full-Text
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Usamentiaga, R.; Ibarra-Castanedo, C.; Klein, M.; Maldague, X.; Peeters, J.; Sanchez-Beato, A. Nondestructive Evaluation of Carbon Fiber Bicycle Frames Using Infrared Thermography. Sensors 2017, 17, 2679.
Usamentiaga R, Ibarra-Castanedo C, Klein M, Maldague X, Peeters J, Sanchez-Beato A. Nondestructive Evaluation of Carbon Fiber Bicycle Frames Using Infrared Thermography. Sensors. 2017; 17(11):2679.Chicago/Turabian Style
Usamentiaga, Rubén; Ibarra-Castanedo, Clemente; Klein, Matthieu; Maldague, Xavier; Peeters, Jeroen; Sanchez-Beato, Alvaro. 2017. "Nondestructive Evaluation of Carbon Fiber Bicycle Frames Using Infrared Thermography." Sensors 17, no. 11: 2679.
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