Design of a lock-in amplifier integrated with a coil system for eddy-current non-destructive inspection

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Proceedings of the 2017 12th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ICIEA 2017, 2018, 2018-February pp. 1948 - 1953
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© 2017 IEEE. Eddy-current non-destructive inspections of conductive components are of great interest in several industries including civil infrastructure and the mining industry. In this work, we have used a driver-pickup coil system as the probe to carry out inspection of ferromagnetic plates. The specific geometric configuration of the probe generates weak electric signals that are buried in a noisy environment. In order to detect these weak signals, we have designed and implemented a lock-in amplifier as part of the signal processing technique to increase the signal-to-noise ratio and also improve the sensitivity of the probe. We have used Comsol as a finite element method (FEM) to design the probe and conducted experiments with the probe and the lock-in amplifier. The experimental results, which are in agreement with the FEM results, indicate that the designed probe along with a lock-in amplifier can potentially be used to estimate the thickness of thin plates.
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