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Integrated piezoceramic transducers for imaging damage in composite laminates
Author(s): C. T. Ng; M. Veidt; N. Rajic
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a two-phase imaging methodology to characterise damage in composite laminates utilising Lamb waves generated by integrated piezoceramic transducers. The proposed methodology uses the transducers to sequentially scan the composite laminates before and after the presence of damage by transmitting and receiving Lamb wave pulses. In phase one the damage localisation image is reconstructed by analysing the cross-correlation of the wavelet extracted information from scatter signals with the excitation pulse for each transducer pair. A potential damage area is then reconstructed by superimposing the image observed from each actuator and sensor signal path. In phase two Lamb wave diffraction tomography is used to reconstruct an image quantifying size and shape of the damage based on the same set of measurement data and identified damage location in phase one. The two-phase imaging approach together with the modified diffraction tomography reconstruction algorithm enables a significant reduction of the required number of transducers without the need to know the damage location in advance. Numerical and experimental results are presented to demonstrate the efficiency, accuracy and sensitivity of the proposed methodology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7493, Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 74932M (21 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.840150
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C. T. Ng, The Univ. of Queensland (Australia)
Cooperative Research Ctr. for Advanced Composite Structures Ltd. (Australia)
M. Veidt, The Univ. of Queensland (Australia)
N. Rajic, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7493:
Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering

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