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USING A MOUSE AS A POSITIONING DEVICE IN AN HANDHELD DETECTOR OF SUB-SURFACE CRACKS

Ramos, H. ; Rocha, T. ; Pasadas, D. ; Ribeiro, A. L.

USING A MOUSE AS A POSITIONING DEVICE IN AN HANDHELD DETECTOR OF SUB-SURFACE CRACKS, Proc RELACRE - Conferência Nacional em Ensaios Não Destrutivos - CNEND, Amadora, Portugal, Vol. proc, pp. 66 - 68, December, 2014.

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Abstract
This work presents a handheld instrument built at our laboratory able to detect sub-surface cracks in a plate of conductive material. The instrument has a probe composed of an excitation coil, a giant magnetoresistance sensor (GMR) acting as the magnetic field sensor and includes a computer mouse pointer as positioning system. This configuration, despite its low cost, allows better performances in the detection of sub-surface defects than commercial equipments. Deeper defects in the material can be detected due not only to the high sensitivity of the GMR sensor, which is constant in a very large frequency range (10 Hz – 1 MHz), but also because a precisely located graphical representation of the defect is delivered to the user due to the incorporated positioning system.
The paper includes a detailed description of the implementation, the obtained results and a performance comparison with commercial equipment.