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Eddy current method (phase sensitive)

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The phase sensitive eddy current method for measuring coating thickness according to ISO 21968 is similar to the amplitude sensitive eddy current method and the magnetic induction method.


This method is often used to determine the thickness of metallic coatings on mass produced parts (e.g. steel or NF metals) with alternating and very small geometries. How does the phase sensitive eddy current method work? First, a high frequency magnetic field is generated by an exciter current. This induces eddy currents in both the coating to be tested and the base material. The varying levels of these eddy currents in the coating and base material enable the measurement of the coating thickness. This occurs as follows: The phase shift “Phi” between the exciter current and the measurement signal on the measurement device is recorded via the probe characteristics (i.e. the functional interrelation between measurement signal and coating thickness) and then converted into a coating thickness value.


Illustration of the principle of the phase sensitive eddy current method.

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