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Combined distributed and concentrated transducer network for failure indication
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Paper Abstract

In this paper algorithm for discontinuities localisation in thin panels made of aluminium alloy is presented. Mentioned algorithm uses Lamb wave propagation methods for discontinuities localisation. Elastic waves were generated and received using piezoelectric transducers. They were arranged in concentrated arrays distributed on the specimen surface. In this way almost whole specimen could be monitored using this combined distributed-concentrated transducer network. Excited elastic waves propagate and reflect from panel boundaries and discontinuities existing in the panel. Wave reflection were registered through the piezoelectric transducers and used in signal processing algorithm. Proposed processing algorithm consists of two parts: signal filtering and extraction of obstacles location. The first part was used in order to enhance signals by removing noise from them. Second part allowed to extract features connected with wave reflections from discontinuities. Extracted features damage influence maps were a basis to create damage influence maps. Damage maps indicated intensity of elastic wave reflections which corresponds to obstacles coordinates. Described signal processing algorithms were implemented in the MATLAB environment. It should be underlined that in this work results based only on experimental signals were presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7650, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2010, 76503A (9 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.846911
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Wieslaw Ostachowicz, Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (Poland)
Gdynia Maritime Univ. (Poland)
Tomasz Wandowski, Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (Poland)
Pawel Malinowski, Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7650:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2010
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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