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Structural damage detection via impediographic tomography
Author(s): Liuxian Zhao; Jie Yang; K. W. Wang; Fabio Semperlotti
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the use of impediographic tomography to achieve high sensitivity and high resolution damage identification in plate-like structures. The impediographic approach exploits the coupled piezo-resistive and electrostatic response of the host structure to generate high sensitivity and high resolution maps of its internal electrical conductivity. Focused acoustic waves are used to generate localized electrical conductivity perturbations that allow a drastic improvement in the conditioning of the inverse problem. The localized acoustic perturbations are obtained by exploiting the concept of Frequency Selective Structures (FSS) in which intentional mistuning of periodically distributed structural features, such as thin notches, enables self-focusing and vibration localization by using a single ultrasonic transducer. The impediographic reconstruction is achieved by using two different methods: the 0-Laplacian and the Levenberg-Marquardt. Both methodologies are compared in terms of accuracy of the reconstructed electrical conductivity and of their ability to deal with important practical issues such as limited view and limited perturbation data. Numerical results show that, although both approaches perform well in terms of damage identification, localization, and sizing, the LM technique allows higher flexibility in handling imperfect data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9435, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2015, 94350F (27 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2082953
Show Author Affiliations
Liuxian Zhao, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Jie Yang, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
K. W. Wang, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Fabio Semperlotti, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9435:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2015
Jerome P. Lynch, Editor(s)

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