Dye Penetrant Crack Detectability in External Corners in Presence of Fillet RadiusNASA uses special dye penetrant nondestructive evaluation process to provide reliable detection of very small cracks. Typically the surface crack lengths sizes are 0.030' and 0.050' for special dye penetrant process. Qualification requires demonstration of crack detection on a set of cracks with average crack size smaller than or equal to the qualification crack size. The demonstration is called point estimate demonstration. A set of corner cracks can be used to determine reliably detectable corner crack using the point estimate demonstration method. However, dye penetrant demonstration on surface cracks can be used to assess reliably detectable corner crack sizes by using similarity in the penetrant process. The paper provides similarity analysis approach for determining the reliably detectable corner crack sizes for given a point estimate demonstrated surface crack size.
Koshti, Ajay M. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)