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Non-velocity-based analysis of passive ultrasonic signal for source location detection in composite plates: a pilot study
Author(s): Z. M. Hafizi; J. Epaarachichi; K. T. Lau
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Paper Abstract

Acoustic Emission (AE) evaluation is one of the fast growing non-destructive techniques, owing to its ability to reveal in advance of any impending failure of a building structure. This capability makes the so called passive ultrasonic technique a very good tool in structural health monitoring; especially for composite structures. In metallic structures, AE technique is currently well established and able to provide accurate and consistent results. However, in composites, the challenge for a reliable AE results is huge due to the orthotropic behaviour of the materials. The present study investigates the energy attenuation of AE signals in thin composite plate and utilized the attenuation pattern into non-velocity based source location detection. Standard Hsu-Nielsen source location testing was applied on a glass fibre epoxy resin laminate and a single channel AE system was used to acquire AE signals with the support from AEWin software for signal analysis. Form the results; a new AE signals energy attenuation model for composite laminate was proposed. Then, a linear source location algorithm utilizing AE signals energy attenuation patterns was developed and tested for the composite specimen. The results revealed that the source location algorithm provides reasonably accurate results of source location for glass fibre epoxy resin laminate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8409, Third International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 84090A (3 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919915
Show Author Affiliations
Z. M. Hafizi, Univ. of Southern Queensland (Australia)
Univ. Malaysia Pahang (Malaysia)
J. Epaarachichi, Univ. of Southern Queensland (Australia)
K. T. Lau, Univ. of Southern Queensland (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8409:
Third International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering
Jinsong Leng; Yoseph Bar-Cohen; In Lee; Jian Lu, Editor(s)

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