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Fatigue-induced disbonds in adhesive lap splices of aluminum and their ultrasonic detection
Author(s): David K. Hsu; Thadd C. Patton; Heshmat A. Aglan; S. Shroff
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes an experimental study of inducing disbonds in adhesively bonded aluminum lap splices by flexural fatigue and the use of ultrasonic methods for detecting such disbonds.Disbonds were imaged using focused beams of high frequency (15MHz) and low frequency (1 MHz) ultrasound. Detectability of disbonds above and below scrim cloth in the adhesive bond was investigated. Ultrasonic NDE results were compared with optical edge-on observations of disbond propagation during mechanical testing and also to other NDE methods such as thermal wave imaging and electronic speckle pattern interferometry. Methods for exploiting focused ultrasonic beam for inspection are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 December 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2001, Nondestructive Inspection of Aging Aircraft, (3 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.163850
Show Author Affiliations
David K. Hsu, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Thadd C. Patton, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Heshmat A. Aglan, Tuskegee Univ. (United States)
S. Shroff, Tuskegee Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2001:
Nondestructive Inspection of Aging Aircraft
Michael T. Valley; Nancy K. Del Grande; Albert S. Kobayashi, Editor(s)

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