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Inspection for kissing bonds in composite materials using vibration measurements
Author(s): Douglas E. Adams; Nathan D. Sharp; Noah Myrent; Ronald Sterkenburg
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Paper Abstract

Improper bonding of composite structures can result in close contact cracks under compressive stresses, called kissing bonds. These bond defects are very difficult to detect using conventional inspection techniques such as tap testing or local ultrasonic scanning and can lead to local propagation of damage if the structure is subjected to crack opening stresses. A method is investigated for identifying kissing bonds in composite material repairs based on vibration measurements. A damage feature of the kissing bond is extracted from the response of the input-output measurement that is a function of the structural path. This path exhibits local decoupling associated with the close contact cracks. Experimental vibration measurements from sandwich composite materials are presented along with the results of the damage detection algorithm for the healthy sections of the material and the kissing bond sections. A vibration based inspection technique could increase the ability to detect kissing bonds in composite material repairs while decreasing inspection time. Benefits of this method of identification over conventional techniques include its robust, objective damage detection methodology and the reduced requirement for specimen preparation and surface texture when compared to ultrasonic scanning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7983, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2011, 79830W (18 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.878680
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas E. Adams, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Nathan D. Sharp, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Noah Myrent, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Ronald Sterkenburg, Purdue Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7983:
Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2011
H. Felix Wu, Editor(s)

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