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Sensors 2014, 14(10), 19687-19699;

Influence of the Lift-Off Effect on the Cut-Off Frequency of the EMAT-Generated Rayleigh Wave Signal

School of Mechanical Science & Engineering, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
School of Life Science & Technology, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Received: 15 August 2014 / Revised: 14 October 2014 / Accepted: 15 October 2014 / Published: 22 October 2014
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The electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT), a non-contact NDT tool with large lift-off, is becoming an attractive method for detecting the cracks in the metal parts. However, the lift-off of the transducer has a direct effect on the feature that is used to characterize the defects. A detailed investigation on the relationship between the feature and the lift-off of the EMAT is crucial in the detection process. This paper investigates the lift-off effect on the feature, cut-off frequency of EMAT in the Rayleigh wave. The study can be divided into two parts. Firstly, with a multi-field coupling environment, 2-D electromagnetic and wave generation EMAT models are built to simulate the interaction of the Rayleigh wave with the surface crack. Then, the lift-off effect on the cut-off frequency is investigated through simulation and experiment. Compared to the previous studies, it is found that lift-off would cause a negative result when the lift-off varies in the testing process. Besides, the calibration obtained from the tests at a random lift-off value can be used in other tests with any different lift off value provided that the lift-off is kept as a constant during the detection process. View Full-Text
Keywords: EMAT; cut-off frequency; rayleigh wave; lift-off EMAT; cut-off frequency; rayleigh wave; lift-off
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Yi, P.; Zhang, K.; Li, Y.; Zhang, X. Influence of the Lift-Off Effect on the Cut-Off Frequency of the EMAT-Generated Rayleigh Wave Signal. Sensors 2014, 14, 19687-19699.

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