Abstract

The paper describes a novel laser ultrasonic profilometry method which uses pulsed laser radiation for imaging of the surface profile of solid objects in optically opaque liquids by scattering of ultrasonic waves. Algorithms for the construction of laser ultrasonic images and for profile segmentation are presented. An experimental setup for profile measurements is described. It allows reconstructing of laser ultrasonic images with a frame rate of 10 Hz and performing an automated 3D scanning of samples. The results of the experimental testing of laser ultrasonic profilometry on duralumin samples are presented. The approximation error of duralumin cylinder surface profile measurements in water is 15 μm. The results are compared to those obtained by x-ray tomography.

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