Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 172–178 | Cite as

Quantitative Multi-Inspection-Site Comparison of Probability of Detection for Vibrothermography Nondestructive Evaluation Data

  • Ming Li
  • Stephen D. Holland
  • William Q. Meeker


This paper describes the estimation of probability of detection (POD) for a vibrothermography inspection procedure. The results are based on a large scale experiment on specimens with two different kinds of metal containing fatigue cracks. The specimens were tested independently at three inspection sites: Iowa State University (ISU), Pratt and Whitney (PW) and General Electric (GE). Despite the substantially different vibrothermography configurations and experimental measurement responses, the estimated PODs as function of crack length and dynamic stress were similar for all three inspection sites, which make quantitative POD comparisons possible across different inspection sites.


Maximum likelihood Noise interference model POD Sonic infrared inspection Thermosonics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Li
    • 1
  • Stephen D. Holland
    • 2
  • William Q. Meeker
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and Department of StatisticsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and Department of Aerospace EngineeringIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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