Flash Infrared Thermography for Non-Destructive Test Evaluation

Researchers at the NASA Johnson Space Center have developed and refined Flash Infrared Thermography as a means of Non-Destructive Test Evaluation (NDE). The technology offers three complementary contrast tools that provide characterization of flaws and anomalies in nonmetallic composite structures using flash infrared thermography. The method can detect smaller flaws and provide quantitative and qualitative information about the shape, size, depth, and location of anomalies. NASA's designed methods assist the operator in defining the boundaries of flaws. For industries interested in NDE of composite materials, the technology can be integrated with existing infrared thermography hardware systems.