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Quantification of fatigue cracking in CT specimens with passive and active piezoelectric sensing
Author(s): Jianguo Yu; Paul Ziehl; Boris Zarate; Juan Caicedo; Lingyu Yu; Victor Giurgiutiu; Brian Metrovich; Fabio Matta
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Paper Abstract

Monitoring of fatigue cracks in steel bridges is of interest to bridge owners and agencies. Monitoring of fatigue cracks has been attempted with acoustic emission using either resonant or broadband sensors. One drawback of passive sensing is that the data is limited to that caused by growing cracks. In this work, passive emission was complemented with active sensing (piezoelectric wafer active sensors) for enhanced detection capabilities. Passive and active sensing methods were described for fatigue crack monitoring on specialized compact tension specimens. The characteristics of acoustic emission were obtained to understand the correlation of acoustic emission behavior and crack growth. Crack and noise induced signals were interpreted through Swansong II Filter and waveform-based approaches, which are appropriate for data interpretation of field tests. Upon detection of crack extension, active sensing was activated to measure the crack size. Model updating techniques were employed to minimize the difference between the numerical results and experimental data. The long term objective of this research is to develop an in-service prognostic system to monitor structural health and to assess the remaining fatigue life.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7649, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2010, 76490R (8 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847945
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Jianguo Yu, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Paul Ziehl, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Boris Zarate, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Juan Caicedo, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Lingyu Yu, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Victor Giurgiutiu, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)
Brian Metrovich, Univ. of Miami (United States)
Fabio Matta, Univ. of South Carolina (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7649:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2010
Peter J. Shull; Aaron A. Diaz; H. Felix Wu, Editor(s)

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