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Effects of Z-pins on Lamb waves in composite plates
Author(s): Eric D. Swenson; Hitesh Kapoor; Som R. Soni
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Paper Abstract

This experimental research investigates the effects of adding z-pins to a carbon fiber reinforced plate (CFRP) on Lamb wave propagation, such as mode conversion and reflections. The motivation for this study is derived from the current and expected future use of z-pins in aircraft structures coupled with the requirement to design structural health monitoring (SHM) systems for detecting damage in regions of composite structures with z-pins. This experimental study is conducted on two 4.8 mm thick CFRP test articles, where one plate has a 20 by 279 mm2 band of z-pins and the other does not. The z-pins have an average diameter of 0.28 mm and are inserted through the thickness of the panel with an area density of 4% before curing. A three-dimensional (3D) laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) was employed to collect velocity measurements over a 1 mm uniformly-spaced grid of 17,899 scan points. Time-sequenced 3D LDV scans are presented to show that adding this relatively small amount of z-pins to a 4.8 mm thick CFRP has few measureable effects on Lamb wave propagation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7649, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2010, 76490E (25 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.848788
Show Author Affiliations
Eric D. Swenson, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Hitesh Kapoor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Som R. Soni, Air Force Institute of Technology (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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