Estimating ultrasonic time-of-flight through echo signal envelope and modified Gauss Newton method

Zhenkun Lu, Cui Yang, Donghong Qin, Yuling Luo, Moe Momayez

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Abstract

The accurate estimation of ultrasonic Time-Of-Flight (TOF) is essential in ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT). In this paper, a novel method for TOF estimation through envelope is proposed. Firstly, the wavelet denoising technique is applied to the noisy echo to improve the estimation accuracy. Then, the Hilbert transform (HT) is used in ultrasonic signal processing in order to extract the envelope of the echo and to reduce the computational burden. Finally, the echo parameters are estimated by using a Modified Gauss Newton (MGN) based nonlinear Least Squares (LS) estimation method. And, a fast algorithm is adopted to estimate the parameters of M-superimposed echoes. Numerical simulation and experimental results have been carried out to show the performances of the proposed method in estimating TOF of ultrasonic signal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-363
Number of pages9
JournalMeasurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation
Volume94
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Hilbert transform
  • Modified Gauss Newton method
  • Ultrasonic echo
  • Wavelet denoising

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Education
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics

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