New analysis and extensions of split-spectrum processing algorithms

Autores UPV
Revista NDT & E International


In this paper we compare the performances of different variants of split-spectrum algorithms and propose some new extensions based on the use of variable bandwidth filters equally spaced in frequency and energy gain equalized. Signal-to-Noise Ratio Gain and Flaw-to-Clutter Ratio Gain factors were selected as the figures of merit to make the comparisons among the different methods. We considered simulated ultrasonic signals using both stationary and non-stationary models for the grain noise, and real scans obtained in laboratory from low dispersive (aluminum) and high dispersive (cement) materials. Frequency Multiplication (FM) recombination method is revealed as the best option when combined with the new extensions. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.