Application of a Saddle-Type Eddy Current Sensor in Steel Ball Surface-Defect Inspection
AbstractSteel ball surface-defect inspection was performed by using a new saddle-type eddy current sensor (SECS), which included a saddle coil and a signal conditioning circuit. The saddle coil was directly wound on the steel ball’s outer bracket in a semi-circumferential direction. Driven by a friction wheel, the test steel ball rotated in a one-dimensional direction, such that the steel ball surface was fully scanned by the SECS. There were two purposes for using the SECS in the steel ball inspection system: one was to reduce the complexity of the unfolding wheel of the surface deployment mechanism, and the other was to reduce the difficulty of sensor processing and installation. Experiments were carried out on bearing steel balls in diameter of 8 mm with three types of representative and typical defects by using the SECS, and the results showed that the inspection system can detect surface defects as small as 0.05 mm in width and 0.1 mm in depth with high-repetition detection accuracy, and the detection efficiency of 5 pcs/s, which meet the requirement for inspecting ISO grade 10 bearing steel balls. The feasibility of detecting steel ball surface defects by SECS was verified. View Full-Text
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Zhang, H.; Zhong, M.; Xie, F.; Cao, M. Application of a Saddle-Type Eddy Current Sensor in Steel Ball Surface-Defect Inspection. Sensors 2017, 17, 2814.
Zhang H, Zhong M, Xie F, Cao M. Application of a Saddle-Type Eddy Current Sensor in Steel Ball Surface-Defect Inspection. Sensors. 2017; 17(12):2814.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Huayu; Zhong, Mingming; Xie, Fengqin; Cao, Maoyong. 2017. "Application of a Saddle-Type Eddy Current Sensor in Steel Ball Surface-Defect Inspection." Sensors 17, no. 12: 2814.
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