English translation: continuous surfaces encountered
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French to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Electronics / Elect Eng / using ultrasound for testing components
French term or phrase:continuités rencontrées
It must be late - I just cant work this one out. It's talking about high frequency impulses being reflected off various surfaces . I thought there might be a special term for it but there are no ghits and all combinations I have thought about just sound odd! Here is the whole phrase:Cette impulsion se réfléchit sur diverses 'continuités rencontrées'
Help! - Thank you
Tony has highlighted correctly that reflections take only part on boundaries, like the discontinuity between glass and air, but not inside the glass or the air. Perhaps "Continuity" is mismatched with "Evenness". Uneven surfaces will spatter the waves.
Thank you to all of you-everyone's idea gave me food for thought so I have split the points. I have chosen Johanne's answer as it is closest to the the ST (not always necessary but in this case it is, as I have learnt!). Thanks too to CMJ_Trans-your comments always make me think around something.
Apologies to anyone still looking for the early award ceremony (points)- but this has to be posted this morning-but thank you anyway.
Bonjour Bourth! Yes, they are looking for flaws inside such things as concrete blocks-sort of thing the eye cant see. I imagine that the wave comes up against lots of solid surfaces and blleeps or causes some kind of indication on the transceiver being used if there is a crack or something...but a suitable phrase has eluded me so far.... I like the answer below as it is reassuring me that I am not as batty as I thought
Explanation: You may (or may not) have already encountered the phrase "sans solution de continuité" meaning "seamlessly". This expression seems to me be of a similar order in the sense that either something is completely smooth or break-free or there are points at which one thing takes over or continues from another.
Yet another case of looking at things from the other end of the telescope
My 3 cents
xxxCMJ_Trans Local time: 22:21 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 30
Explanation: Like Bourth, I would have expected it to be 'DIScontinuities', and you would certainly say 'any discontinuities encountered', so I think the same should hold good for 'continuities' too; but do check if you can about that dis..., I smell an error!
The problem for me is that it is contradictory to talk about 'surfaces' WITHIN the body of something; by its nature, any kind of internal 'boundary' (for example, between layers of different densities) is likely to reflect ultrasonic waves — but by definition, it is a 'discontinuity'.
The whole premise is really that the material is meant to be continuous and homogeneous, and therefore no waves should be reflected until they reach the concrete/air boundary (discontinuity) on the other side; any hiccup they encounter on the way will cause a reflection, rather like a radar 'blip'
I fully admit to not being a specialist in the field, but all my instincts tell me that it was originally meant to have been 'dis...'
Tony M France Local time: 22:21 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 1919