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In-situ damage detection using self-sensing composites
Author(s): Shoaib A. Malik; Liwei Wang; Ramani S. Mahendran; Dee Harris; Samuel O. Ojo; Dave Collins; Mark Paget; Surya D. Pandita; Venkata R. Machavaram; Gerard F. Fernando
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Paper Abstract

The focus of this paper is on real-time damage detection in reinforcing fiber bundles and composites using high-speed photography and image analysis. In other words, the end of a reinforcing fiber bundle or composite is imaged and the sequence of fiber fracture is monitored using a high-speed camera. These studies were undertaken using as-received and silane-treated custom-made optical fibers of around 12 μm diameter and E-glass fibers of 15 (±3) μm diameter. The first part of this paper reports on the techniques that were developed to produce void-free test specimens and the procedures used for imaging the end of the fiber bundle and composite during tensile loading. Evanescent wave spectroscopy was used to study the effect of silane treatment on the cross-linking kinetics of an epoxy/amine resin system. Conventional piezo-electric acoustic emission (AE) transducers were used to monitor the acoustic events occurring during the tensile test. The signals from the AE transducers were used to trigger the high-speed camera. The second part of this paper presents details of the image analysis routines that were developed to track the light intensity transmitted through individual fibers during tensile loading. Good correlation was observed between the transmitted light intensity and the AE signals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7292, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009, 729204 (1 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817622
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Shoaib A. Malik, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Liwei Wang, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Ramani S. Mahendran, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Dee Harris, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Samuel O. Ojo, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Dave Collins, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Mark Paget, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Surya D. Pandita, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Venkata R. Machavaram, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Gerard F. Fernando, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)


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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