A high-speed high-resolution ultrasonic inspection machine

Justin Downs, Peihong Zhang, M. L. Peterson

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Ultrasonic inspection of tires has previously been performed using low frequencies in air which results in low spatial resolution. In addition the tire has not typically been completely inspected. The limited scanning area and scanning resolution in previous work has been the result of difficulties in acquiring and handling large data sets difficulties in positioning transducers in a large number of locations over a complex shape and display or interpretation of the large amount of data which would be generated in such a system. A new design is presented which combines a low-cost multiple processor design to perform motion control data acquisition and data transfer. The design is generally useful in a number of different nondestructive evaluation and other large-data-set data acquisition and control applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-311
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received January 16, 1998; revised January 4, 1999. Recommended by Technical Editor R. Isermann. This work was supported in part by Colorado State University and by the National Science Foundation under Grant CMS-9510683. Additional research equipment support used for the modeling portion of this work was provided by equipment developed through National Science Foundation Grant BES-9512236.


  • Composites
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Ultrasonic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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