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Publication numberUS2184174 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 19, 1939
Filing dateMar 11, 1938
Priority dateMar 17, 1937
Publication numberUS 2184174 A, US 2184174A, US-A-2184174, US2184174 A, US2184174A
InventorsHendrik Cornelis Bertram
Original AssigneePhilips Nv
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
X-ray apparatus
US 2184174 A
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H. c. BERTRAM ZJQJM X-RAY APPARATUS Filed March 11, 1938 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 W, Wm H. c. BERTRAM 9 9 X-RAY APPARATUS Filed March 11, 1938 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 i atented Dec. 19, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFlCE X-RAY APPARATUS Application March 11, 1938, Serial No. 195,409 In Germany March 17, 1937 Claims.

My invention relates to X-ray apparatus, and particularly to a supporting device for an X-ray tube for investigating stresses in materials.

For this purpose, it is common practice to make 5 three radiographs from the surface of the body to be examined, which may be a work-piece or a machine part, by causing the X-rays reflected and dissipated from the surface to act upon a photographic layer. In making these radiographs, a narrow X-ray beam is caused to impinge in three different directions upon the same point of the surface of the body. For one of these radiographs, the X-ray beam extends normal to the surface; for the second radiograph it makes an angle of 45 with the surface of the body and lies in a plane which is normal to the surface of the body and passes through the direction of the stress to be measured; and for the third exposure it forms an angle of 45 with the surface of the body and lies in a plane which is normal to the first plane and to the surface of the body.

With existing apparatus it is very difncult to accurately adjust the X-ray tube together with the diaphragm and exposure device into each of these three directions of exposure, and the operation of such apparatus is very time-consuming.

The object of my invention is to overcome the above difliculties and to provide an X-ray apparatus with which the X-ray beam can be quickly placed in any of the above positions.

Another object of the invention is to provide an apparatus in which the X-ray beam is accurately located in these positions.

Still further objects and advantages attaching to my apparatus and to its use and operation will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the following particular description.

In accordance with the invention, I so support 40 the portion of the apparatus carrying the X-ray tube together with the aperture-diaphragm which serves for the obtainment of the narrow ray beam and in some cases the film-holder. that it can be 45 rotated about the axis of a conical surface of which the three directions of exposure are generatices, and the directrix is a circle. During the three exposures this axis forms an angle of about with the X-ray beam defined by the aperture- 50 diaphragm, and intersects this beam on the side of the apertured diaphragm remote from the X-ray tube so that it is possible to bring the vertex of the conical surface into the surface of the material whose stresses are to be investigated.

55 I also provide means for accurately locating and holding the apparatus in each of the three positions.

In order that the invention may be clearly understood and readily carried into effect, I shall describe the same in more detail with reference 5 to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective diagram illustrating the principle of the invention.

Figure 2 is a sectionized side view of one form of construction of a device according to the 10 invention.

Figure 3 is a sectionized view along line XX of Fig. 2, and

Figure 4 is a perspective view of the apparatus mounted upon a stand. 15

In Fig. 1, the reference numeral 30 indicates a plate of a material in which stresses indicated by lines S and T are to be determined at a point 0 on the surface thereof. Perpendicular to the surface of plate 30 and passing through lines S 20 and T respectively, are two planes D and E intersecting in a line A0 which is also perpendicular to the surface of the plate 3!]. One of the three exposures, which as mentioned above are usually made for determining the stress in the plate 30, 25 is taken along line A0 in the direction indicated by the arrow. Lying within plane E and making an angle BOS of 45 with the line OS is a line BO which represents the direction in which a second exposure is taken. Lying within plane D and 30 making an angle COT of 45 with the line OT is a line G0, which represents the direction in which the third exposure is taken.

Assuming that A0, B0 and C0 are of equal length, a circle F drawn through the points A, B 35 and C will have its center at a point P. A line PO can then be considered as the axis of a cone and forms an angle of 30 20' with each of the lines A0, B0 and CO. Thus, lines A0, B0 and C0 are generatrices of a conical surface of revolution whose axis of rotation is the line PO and whose directrix is the circle F.

According to the invention, the X-ray tube, together with the apertured diaphragm, is adapted to rotate about an axis of rotation which coincides with the cone-axis OP. Thus it is only necessary to rotate the tube about the axis of rotation to bring the X-ray beam into either of the directions A0, C0 and B0.

Preferably, I provide means for quickly locating the X-ray beam at either of the positions indicated by lines A0, C0 and B0, for instance by a set of adjusting marks, or a braking or locking device by which the desired angular displacements about the axis of rotation of the meridian plane through the ray beam are rendered readable or perceptible. As both the angles APB and APC have a value of about 98 and the normal adjustment, 1. e., when the X-ray beam lies in the direction A0, can of course be readily found, by rotating the X-ray tube around the axis OP by 98 to the left and to the right of the normal position the ray directions B0 and C0 are determined. The adjusting marks, or the like, may be so formed that two of the meridian planes in which the X-ray beam is located for the adjustments determined by them form with each other an angle of about 200, preferably of 196, and the third one, i. e., corresponding to line A0, divides this angle into two equal parts.

One construction of my apparatus according to the invention is illustrated in Fig. 2 in which reference numeral 3! designates an X-ray tube having an envelope l provided with an X-ray window 23, and an anode 2 provided with a target 32 upon which a focal spot 3 is formed during operation.

The X-ray tube is supported by a suitable clamping ring A provided with a trunnion 5 rotatably mounted on an arm 6 of a supporting member A screw 7 serves to hold trunnion 5 in the desired position. Member 33 has a flange portion ii, and an annular portion 8 carrying a diaphragm 9 of Y-ray absorbent material, such as copper or lead, and provided with an aperture 10. Aperture it serves to form the X-rays leaving tube 3i through window 23 into a narrow beam, and a film holder .2? carried by portion 8 serves to hold the films for receiving the X-rays reflected from the body 30.

Secured to portion ll of member 33 is a pivot H which is rotatably mounted in a cylindrical member 92. The axis 25 of the pivot (which corresponds to the line P0 in Fig. 1) forms an angle of 30 20 with the line 25 which is the axis of the X-ray beam leaving aperture it]. With the apparatus in the position shown, line 25 is also the normal direction and corresponds to line A0 of Fig. 1. Thus, by rotating member 33 about the axis 24 the X-ray beam may be placed in positions corresponding to lines B0 and C0 of Fig. 1.

Rotatably mounted on a member l4 forming part of a supporting device, is an arm l3 having a cylindrical portion 52. The pivot H is rotatably mounted in the portion i2 and secured thereto by means of nuts 34 and a collar 48. A screw serves to secure arm [3 in the proper position on member i4.

The cylindrical portion 52 has a flange I6 which engages the flange I! of the supporting member 33. t is, as shown in Fig. 3, provided with three notches 35, 36 and 31, notches 3'! and 35 being located 98 from notch 36. Pivoted on member 33 at a point it (see Fig. 2) is a lever 38 having a latch portion 20 adapted to engage one of the notches 35, 36 and 31, a handle portion i9 and an arm 2!. A tension spring 22 having one end connected to arm 2! and its other end fixed to member 33 at a point 39 serves to hold portion 20 in engagement with one of the notches. The latch portion 20 can be lifted from the notches by exerting pressure on the handle portion l3 and then the supporting device 33 is permitted to rotate about the axis 24.

In operating the apparatus, the arm 33 is rotated around axis 2 3 until portion 20 engages notch 33 and the X-ray tube is in the central position. Member it is then moved until its axis 26and thus the axis 25 of the X-ray beam-is perpendicular to the surface of plate 30 at the point 0.

The distance between the diaphragm 9 and the surface of the body 30 under examination may be adjusted by means of a supporting device with a vertically slidable carrier for example a supporting device as described in United States patent specification 2,051,508 of Wildeboer. A device of this kind is shown in Fig. 4. It has a pedestal M and a carrier 45. The carrier can be displaced along the vertically arranged tubular portion 50 of the stand. The carrier ib has a horizontally slidable arm il, provided with an end portion 62. The member it forms part of the end portion 42.

The distance between the diaphragm 0 and the surface of body 36 is such that the axis 24 passes through the point 0. This distance remains the same in all cases and is for example about 50 mms.

Arm i3 is then rotated about the member l4 until the projection of this arm upon the surface of body 30 intersects the right angle between the two stresses to be investigated, i. e., in Fig. 1 it lies in a plane normal to the surface of the body 30 and passing through line OK. The arm i3 is then secured in this position by tightening screw 55.

The X-ray beam is shown in the normal or central position, i. e., in the direction of line A0 in Fig. 1. After taking a radiograph with the beam in this position, member 33 is rotated around axis 25 into positions corresponding to notches 35 and 37 where the second and third radiographs are taken.

I prefer to make the axis 25 coincide with the axis 25 of the X-ray beam because in this case rotation of the arm l3 about axis 26 can be effected without displacing the point at which the X-ray beam impinges upon the surface of the plate.

The angles need not be exactly the values given above, but may vary slightly, for instance may vary about i- 5%. However, the best results are obtained when the axis of rotation makes an nection with specific examples, I do not wish to be limited thereto but desire the appended claims to be construed as broadly as permissible in view of the prior art.

What I claim is:

1. An apparatus for investigating stresses in material comprising means for producing a narrow X-ray beam including an X-ray tube and a diaphragm having an aperture, a supporting member and a second member, carrying said X-ray tube and diaphragm said members being rotatably connected to each other by means of a pivot, the axis of said pivot forming an angle of about 30 with the axis of said X-ray beam and intersecting the same on the side of the diaphragm remote from the X-ray tube, and means associated with said members to indicate when said X-ray beam is in each of three predetermined positions, the planes through said axis and the axis of the X-ray beam when in two of said positions forming an angle lying between and 208 and the plane through said axis and the axis of said X-ray beam when in its third position forming equal angles with said first two planes.

2. An apparatus for investigating stresses in material comprising means for producing a narrow X-ray beam including an X-ray tube and a diaphragm having an aperture, a supporting member and a second member rotatably connected to said supporting member by means of a pivot and carrying said X-ray tube and diaphragm, the axis of said pivot forming an angle of about with the axis of said X-ray beam and intersecting the same on the side of the diaphragm remote from. the X-ray tube, and means to indicate the position of the X-ray beam comprising a disc associated with said first member and concentric with the axis of said pivot, said disc being provided with three notches spaced apart at equal angles of about 98, and a member associated with said second member and adapted to selectively engage the notches.

3. An apparatus for investigating stresses in material comprising means for producing a narrow X-ray beam including an X-ray tube and diaphragm having an aperture, a supporting arm, a member pivotally connected with said arm and a second member pivotally connected with said first member, the axis of pivoting between said first and second member lying in a plane with the axis of pivoting between said first member and said arm and forming an angle of about 30 therewith and with the axis of said X-ray beam and intersecting the latter on the side of the diaphragm remote from the X-ray tube, said second member carrying said X-ray tube and diaphragm.

4. An apparatus for investigating stresses in material comprising means for producing an X- ray beam of small cross section including an Xray tube and a diaphragm provided with a small aperture, a supporting arm, a member pivotally connected with said arm, a second member pivotally connected with said first member and carrying said X-ray tube and diaphragm, the axis of pivoting between said two members lying in a plane with the axis of pivoting of said first member and said arm and forming an angle of about 30 therewith and with the axis of the X-ray beam. and intersecting the beam on the side of the diaphragm remote from the X-ray tube, and means to support a photographic film transverse the axis of the X-ray beam at a point between said diaphragm and the point of intersection of said two axes of pivoing.

5. An X-ray apparatus comprising means for producing a narrow X-ray beam including an X-ray tube and a diaphragm provided with an aperture, a supporting arm and a member pivotally connected therewith and a second member pivotally connected with said first member, the axis of pivoting between said first and said second member lying in a plane with the axis of pivoting between said first member and said arm and forming an angle of about 30 with said latter axis and with the axis of said X-ray beam and intersecting the axis of said beam on the side of the diaphragm remote from said X-ray tube, said second member carrying said X-ray tube and diaphragm, the axis of said X-ray beam coinciding with the axis of pivoting between said first member and said arm when in the plane of said axes of pivoting.

HENDRIK CORNELIS BERTRAM.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2462374 *Oct 4, 1944Feb 22, 1949Philips Lab IncStress analysis by x-ray diffraction
US4561062 *Feb 18, 1983Dec 24, 1985Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of Canada, As Represented By The Minister Of Energy, Mines And ResourcesStress measurement by X-ray diffractometry
Classifications
U.S. Classification378/72, 378/197
International ClassificationG01N23/20
Cooperative ClassificationG01N2223/1016, G01N23/20008, G01N23/20025, G01N2223/308, G01N2223/607, G01N2223/415
European ClassificationG01N23/20C2, G01N23/20C