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FEM modeling of guided wave behavior in integrally stiffened plate structures
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Paper Abstract

Structural health monitoring (SHM) technologies, which use integrated sensing for damage detection, are expected to improve system reliability, availability, and operational cost. Guided waves can propagate great distances while experiencing low attenuation. They have been successfully used for damage detection in structures of relatively low geometric complexity such as plates and cylindrical pipes. The use of guided waves for this purpose becomes increasingly difficult as the geometric complexity of the structure increases. Aerospace structural components such as fuel tanks, wings, etc. often are comprised of substructures that consist of plates with integral stiffeners. This work reports on finite element simulations of guided waves in integrally stiffened plate structures. In these studies, the guided waves are generated by PZT wafer-type transducers mounted on the structure. Transient dynamic finite element simulations using PZFlex, in 2D and in 3D, were used to model both the structure and transducers. The interaction of the guided waves with cracks, simulated by notches of varying dimensions, is also modeled. This allows appraisal of the sensitivity of various modes for crack detection by providing insight into mode conversion and scattering resulting from the guided wave and crack interaction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6529, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2007, 65290W (18 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715315
Show Author Affiliations
Steven A. Martin, NDE Computational Consultants (United States)
Kumar V. Jata, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6529:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2007
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Victor Giurgiutiu, Editor(s)

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