Theoretical and Experimental Evaluation of a Real-Time Corrosion Monitoring System for Measuring Pitting in Aircraft Structures
This paper presents the theory and experimental validation of Analatom’s Structural Health Management (SHM) system for monitoring corrosion. Corrosion measurements are acquired using a micro-sized Linear Polarization Resistance (LPR) sensor. The LPR sensor is based on conventional macrosized Linear Polarization Resistance (LPR) sensors with the additional benefit of a reduced form factor making it a viable and economical candidate for remote corrosion monitoring of high value structures, such as buildings, bridges, or aircraft. A series of experiments were conducted to evaluate the LPR sensor for AA 7075-T6. Test coupons were placed alongside Analatom’s LPR sensors in a series of accelerated tests. LPR measurements were sampled at a rate of once per minute
and converted to a corrosion rate using the algorithms presented in this paper. At the end of the experiment, pitdepth due to corrosion was computed for each sensor from the recorded LPR measurements and compared to the average pit-depth measured on the control coupons. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the sensor as an efficient and practical approach to measuring pit-depth for AA 7075-T6.
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corrosion, structural health monitoring, LPR, pit-depth, aluminum
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