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Time reversal DORT method applied to Lamb wave damage detection
Author(s): Wenzhong Qu; D. J. Inman
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Paper Abstract

Among structural health monitoring techniques, Lamb waves is frequently used as diagnostic tools to detect damage in plate-like structures. Lamb waves usually excited by piezoelectric transducers essentially involve exciting the structure with high frequency guided-waves and processing the difference in structural response with respect to a baseline signal for the pristine condition to detect damage. As a kind of baseline free method, time reversal (TR) method applied to ultrasonic detection and focusing with arrays of transducers has been proposed. The decomposition of the time reversal operator (DORT) method is a selective detection and focusing technique using an array of transmit-receive transducers. Unlike body waves, the propagation of Lamb waves is complicated due to their dispersive and multimode characteristics. So Lamb wave is hard to locate different scatterers on the plate using DORT method because of the asymmetry of the time reversal transfer matrix. In this paper, a proposed approach based on the DORT method is developed to distinguish and locate two simulated damages on the aluminum plate using Lamb wave through finite element simulation on the commercial finite element code ANSYS platform. The behavior of reflected waves is analyzed by studying the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the time reversal transfer matrix, showing that the number of significant eigenvalues is not exactly the number of damage targets and two significant eigenvalues correspond to one target. This method, which uses PZT array and operates under multi-modes pulse-echo mode, can estimate the position of the damaged zone in 2D image by numerically backpropagating selective eigenvector using the S0 and/or A0 Lamb wave propagation analytical solution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8409, Third International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 84091A (12 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.923178
Show Author Affiliations
Wenzhong Qu, Wuhan Univ. (China)
D. J. Inman, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

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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