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Application of holographic interferometry for analysis of the dynamic and modal characteristics of an advanced exotic metal airfoil structure
Author(s): Howard Fein
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Paper Abstract

Holographic Interferometry has been successfully employed to characterize the materials and behavior of diverse types of structures under stress. Specialized variations of this technology have also been applied to define dynamic and vibration related structural behavior. Such applications of holographic technique offer some of the most effective methods of modal and dynamic analysis available. Real-time dynamic testing of the modal and mechanical behavior of aerodynamic control and airfoil structures for advanced aircraft has always required advanced instrumentation for data collection in either actual flight test or wind-tunnel simulations. Advanced optical holography techniques are alternate methods which result in actual full-field behavioral data on the ground in a noninvasive environment. These methods offer significant insight in both the development and subsequent operational test and modeling of advanced exotic metal control structures and their integration with total vehicle system dynamics. Structures and materials can be analyzed with very low amplitude excitation and the resultant data can be used to adjust the accuracy mathematically derived structural and behavioral models. Holographic Interferometry offers a powerful tool to aid in the developmental engineering of exotic metal structures for high stress applications. Advanced Titanium alloy is a significant example of these sorts of materials which has found continually increased use in advanced aerodynamic, undersea, and other highly mobil platforms. Aircraft applications in particular must consider environments where extremes in vibration and impulsive mechanical stress can affect both operation and structural stability. These considerations present ideal requisites for analysis using advanced holographic methods in the initial design and test of structures made with such advanced materials. Holographic techniques are nondestructive, real- time, and definitive in allowing the identification of vibrational modes, displacements, and motion geometries. Such information can be crucial to the determination of mechanical configurations and designs as well as operational parameters of structural components fabricated from advanced and exotic materials. Anomalous behavioral characteristics can be directly related to hidden structural or mounting anomalies and defects. Deriving such information can be crucial to the determination of mechanical configurations and designs, as well as critical operational parameters of structural components fabricated from advanced and exotic materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3637, Practical Holography XIII, (25 March 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.343776
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Howard Fein, Polaris Research Group (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3637:
Practical Holography XIII
Stephen A. Benton, Editor(s)

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