Signal Separation in Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing

V. Matz, M. Kreidl, R. Šmíd


In ultrasonic non-destructive testing the signals characterizing the material structure are commonly evaluated. The sensitivity and resolution of ultrasonic systems is limited by the backscattering and electronic noise level commonly contained in the acquired ultrasonic signals. For this reason, it is very important to use appropriate advanced signal processing methods for noise reduction and signal separation. This paper compares algorithms used for efficient noise reduction in ultrasonic signals in A-scan. Algorithms based on the discrete wavelet transform and the Wiener filter are considered. Part of this paper analyses and applies blind source separation, which has never been used in practical ultrasonic non-destructive testing. All proposed methods are evaluated on both simulated and acquired ultrasonic signals. 


ultrasonic testing; de-noising algorithms; noise reduction

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
Published by the Czech Technical University in Prague