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Integral ultrasonic structural health and load monitoring on a fiber reinforced polymer-based composite helicopter tail boom
Author(s): Gerhard Birkelbach; Iagoba Jorge Aldave; Ion López; Wolfgang Grill
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Paper Abstract

Results achieved with the developed health and load monitoring schemes based on high resolution temporally resolved observation of the transport properties of guided ultrasonic waves are presented and discussed. The methods are illustrated and results covering monitoring of ablation and delamination, time resolved load detection, and monitoring of impact positions with axial resolution are presented. The detection schemes have been primarily developed for integral monitoring of the presence and occurrence of damages including scaling of damages respectively determination of the occurrence of overloading and impact. Sensitivities and methods suitable for damage scaling are presented and discussed. The developed schemes are as well suitable for on-ground as for in-flight monitoring, with the exception that the impact position detection requires continuous operation at least in a stand by mode. Concerning the rather compact size and moderate power consumption the developed instrumentation is already suitable for in-flight respectively on-ground hand hold and battery powered operation. The achievements and results are presented, explained, and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 April 2012
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8348, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012, 83480X (19 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.914968
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Gerhard Birkelbach, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)
Iagoba Jorge Aldave, Fundación Centro de Tecnologias Aeronáuticas (Spain)
Ion López, Fundación Centro de Tecnologias Aeronáuticas (Spain)
Wolfgang Grill, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8348:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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