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Visualization technique for fatigue cracks at steel structures integrating a scanning laser source with piezoelectric sensors
Author(s): Changgil Lee; Ju-Won Kim; Hyun Uk Kim; Seunghee Park
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Paper Abstract

In this research, a noncontact nondestructive testing (NDT) method is proposed to detect the fatigue crack and to identify the location of the damage. To achieve this goal, Lamb wave propagation of a plate-like structure is analyzed, which is induced by scanning laser source actuation system. A ND: YAG pulsed laser system is used to generate Lamb wave exerted at the multiple points of the plate and a piezoelectric sensor is installed to measure the structural responses. Multiple time signals measured by the piezoelectric sensor are aligned along the vertical and horizontal axes corresponding to laser impinging points so that 3 dimensional data can be constructed. Then, the 3 dimensional data is sliced along the time axis to visualize the wave propagation. The scattering of Lamb wave due to the damage can be described in the wave propagation image and hence the damage can be localized and quantified. Damage-sensitive features, which are reflected wave from the damage, are clearly extracted by wave-number filtering based on the 3 dimensional Fourier transform of the visualized data. Additional features are extracted by observing different scales of wavelet coefficients so that the time of flight (TOF) of Lamb wave modes can be clearly separated. Steel plates with fatigue cracks are investigated to verify the effectiveness and the robustness of the proposed NDT approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 April 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8692, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2013, 86922D (19 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2009968
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Changgil Lee, Sungkyunkwan Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Ju-Won Kim, Sungkyunkwan Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Hyun Uk Kim, Sungkyunkwan Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Seunghee Park, Sungkyunkwan Univ. (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8692:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2013
Jerome Peter Lynch; Chung-Bang Yun; Kon-Well Wang, Editor(s)

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