Automated Acquisition and Analysis of Digital Radiographic Images

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'Engineers at the Savannah River Technology Center have designed, built, and installed a fully automated small field-of-view, lens-coupled, digital radiography imaging system. The system is installed in one of the Savannah River Site''s production facilities to be used for the evaluation of production components. Custom software routines developed for the system automatically acquire, enhance, and diagnostically evaluate critical geometric features of various components that have been captured radiographically. Resolution of the digital radiograms and accuracy of the acquired measurements approaches 0.001 inches. To date, there has been zero deviation in measurement repeatability. The automated image acquisition methodology will be discussed, ... continued below

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Poland, R. May 13, 1999.

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'Engineers at the Savannah River Technology Center have designed, built, and installed a fully automated small field-of-view, lens-coupled, digital radiography imaging system. The system is installed in one of the Savannah River Site''s production facilities to be used for the evaluation of production components. Custom software routines developed for the system automatically acquire, enhance, and diagnostically evaluate critical geometric features of various components that have been captured radiographically. Resolution of the digital radiograms and accuracy of the acquired measurements approaches 0.001 inches. To date, there has been zero deviation in measurement repeatability. The automated image acquisition methodology will be discussed, unique enhancement algorithms will be explained, and the automated routines for measuring the critical component features will be presented. An additional feature discussed is the independent nature of the modular software components, which allows images to be automatically acquired, processed, and evaluated by the computer in the background, while the operator reviews other images on the monitor. System components were also a key in gaining the required image resolution. System factors such as scintillator selection, x-ray source energy, optical components and layout, as well as geometric unsharpness issues are considered in the paper. Finally the paper examines the numerous quality improvement factors and cost saving advantages that will be realized at the Savannah River Site due to the implementation of the Automated Pinch Weld Analysis System (APWAS).'

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  • 6th Nondestructive Examination Topical Conference, San Antonio, TX (USA), 20-22 Apr 1999

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  • Other: DE00008603
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS-99-00384
  • Grant Number: AC09-96SR18500
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 8603
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc782681

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Poland, R. Automated Acquisition and Analysis of Digital Radiographic Images, article, May 13, 1999; South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc782681/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.