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Experimental Validation of an 8 Element EMAT Phased Array Probe for Longitudinal Wave Generation

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Sodium cooled Fast Reactors (SFR) use liquid sodium as a coolant. Liquid sodium being opaque, optical techniques cannot be applied to reactor vessel inspection. This makes it necessary to develop alternative ways of assessing the state of the structures immersed in the medium. Ultrasonic pressure waves are well suited for inspection tasks in this environment, especially using pulsed electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMAT) that generate the ultrasound directly in the liquid sodium. The work carried out at CEA LIST is aimed at developing phased array EMAT probes conditioned for reactor use. The present work focuses on the experimental validation of a newly manufactured 8 element probe which was designed for beam forming imaging in a liquid sodium environment. A parametric study is carried out to determine the optimal setup of the magnetic assembly used in this probe. First laboratory tests on an aluminium block show that the probe has the required beam steering capabilities.
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cea-01852428 , version 1 (01-08-2018)

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Florian Le Bourdais, Benoit Marchand. Experimental Validation of an 8 Element EMAT Phased Array Probe for Longitudinal Wave Generation. 41st annual review of progress in quantitative nondestructive evaluation, vol 34, Jul 2014, Boise, United States. pp.1496-1505, ⟨10.1063/1.4914767⟩. ⟨cea-01852428⟩
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