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Flexible Magnetostrictive Probe Having Sensor Elements Without Permanent Magnets

Abstract: 

A sensor for use in magnetostrictive testing of a structure. An array of sensor elements is attached to a flexible backing. Each sensor element has a thin strip made from magnetostrictive material, a first coil wrapped around the width of the strip and operable to provide a DC bias magnetic field, and a second coil wrapped around the width of the strip and operable for MsS generation and detection. Typically, the first coils of all strips are electrically connected to each other and the second coils of all strips are electrically connected to each other, to form two separate coil circuits. The probe may be wrapped around the circumference of a cylindrical structure, and used for magnetostrictive testing. 

Patent Number: 
9,465,011
Date Of Issue: 
10/11/2016
Inventors: 

Sergey A. Vinogradov;
Hegeon Kwun;
Darryl L. Wagar