Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Molina N., Aguirre M., Walczak M. (2019)

Application of FFT analysis for the study of directionality of wear scars in exposure to slurry flow of varying velocity

Revista : Wear
Volumen : 426-427
Número : Part A
Páginas : 589-595
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


The fast Fourier transform (FFT) has been used extensively in image processing for analyzing periodicity, directionality,and spacing in pattern recognition. This paper describes a procedure for applying FFT technique toimages of worn surfaces produced by erosion typical to transport of slurry through tailing pipelines. Rotatingcylinder electrode is used for simulating exposure of carbon steel API 5L X65 to flow of different nominal velocitiesunder cathodic protection. Degradation is evaluated by weight loss; whereas the worn surfaces are assessedby scanning electron microscope (SEM). FFT-based analysis of the SEM images reveals that directionality of wearscars evolves with increasing velocity indicating a correlation between erosion wear rate and the condition ofthe turbulent flow.