Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) is a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) method involving the collection and analysis of a part’s resonance spectrum to characterize its material or damage state. Prior work used the finite element method (FEM) to develop forward modeling and model inversion techniques. In many cases, the inversion problem can become confounded by multiple parameters having similar effects on a part’s resonance frequencies. To reduce the influence of confounding parameters and isolate the change in a part (e.g. creep), a part-to-itself (PTI) approach can be taken. A PTI approach involves inverting only the change in resonance frequencies from the before and after states of a part. This approach reduces the possible inversion parameters to only those which change in response to in-service loads and damage mechanisms. To evaluate the effectiveness of using a PTI inversion approach, creep strain and material properties were estimated in virtual and real samples using FEM inversion. Virtual and real dog bone samples composed of nickel-based superalloy Mar-M-247 were examined. Virtual samples were modeled with typically observed variations in material properties and dimensions. Creep modeling was verified with the collected resonance spectra from an incrementally crept physical sample. All samples were inverted against a model space that allowed for change in the creep damage state and the material properties but was blind to initial part dimensions. Results quantified the capabilities of PTI inversion in evaluating creep strain and material properties, as well as its sensitivity to confounding initial dimensions.

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