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Coupling of highly nonlinear waves with linear elastic media
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports a fundamental study of the coupling between highly nonlinear waves, generated in a one dimensional granular chain of particles, with linear elastic media, for the development of a new Non Destructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring (NDE/SHM) paradigm. We design and use novel acoustic actuators to excite compact highly nonlinear solitary waves in a one-dimensional linear elastic rod and investigate the pulse propagation across the interface. To model the actuator and rod system we use Finite Element Analysis (Abaqus) and obtain excellent agreement between the experimental observations and the numerical results. We also study the response of the system to the presence of defects (cracks) in the steel rod, by comparing the wave propagation properties in pristine and cracked test objects. The obtained results encourage the use of highly nonlinear waves as an effective tool for developing a new, viable NDE/SHM method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7292, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009, 72920P (30 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817574
Show Author Affiliations
Devvrath Khatri, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Chiara Daraio, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Piervincenzo Rizzo, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7292:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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