ROC dependent event isolation method for image processing based assessment of corroded harbour structures

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Title: ROC dependent event isolation method for image processing based assessment of corroded harbour structures
Authors: Pakrashi, Vikram
Schoefs, Franck
Memet, Jean Bernard
O'Connor, Alan
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Date: 30-Apr-2008
Online since: 2019-05-16T10:14:14Z
Abstract: The localisation and calibration of damage in a structure are often difficult, time consuming, subjective and error prone. The importance of a simple, fast and relatively inexpensive non-destructive technique (NDT) with reliable measurements is thus greatly felt. The usefulness and the efficiency of any such technique are often affected by environmental conditions. The definition of damage and the subsequent interpretation of the possible consequences due to the damage introduce subjectivity into an NDT technique and affect its performance. It is of great importance in terms of practical application to find out the efficiency of an NDT technique in a probabilistic way for various damage definitions and environmental conditions through the use of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. Such variations of performance of an NDT tool can be predicted through simulation processes, and the test conditions conducive to good detections can be isolated and ranked according to their relative efficiency. This paper considers a camera based image analysis technique to identify, quantify and classify damage in structures at various levels of scale. The general method has been applied to identify the affected areas on aluminium due to pitting corrosion. The method depends on the optical contrast of the corroded region with respect to its surroundings, performs intelligent edge detection through image processing techniques and computes each affected and closed region to predict the total area of the affected part, together with its spatial distribution on a two-dimensional plane. The effects of various environmental factors on the quality of such images are simulated from an original photograph. The objectivity and the amount of available information, quantification and localisation and the extent of pitting corrosion are observed, together with the various constructed ROC curves. The method provides the engineer, the owner of the structure and the end-user of the NDT technique with a tool to assess the performance of the structure in an as-built condition and decide on the appropriateness of a certain NDT, under a given environmental condition and a certain definition of damage. Moreover, it allows the findings of the NDT results to be introduced in the decision chain and risk analysis.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Structure and Infrastructure Engineering
Volume: 6
Issue: 3
Start page: 365
End page: 378
Copyright (published version): 2008 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: NDTImage ProcessingROCStructural Health MonitoringMaintenance
DOI: 10.1080/15732470701718072
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Mechanical & Materials Engineering Research Collection

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