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New trends in non-destructive assessment of aerospace structures

Paper Abstract

The scope of the paper includes non–destructive assessment of the structure's material condition, for the aerospace structures during its useful lifetime. The paper presents multidisciplinary technologies devoted to development and implementation of methods and systems that realize inspection and damage detection by non–destructive methods. The paper covers several disciplines which are based on topics such as piezoelectric transducers, elastic waves propagation phenomenon, structural vibrations analysis, electro–mechanical impedance method, terahertz technique, laser induced fluorescence and 3D laser vibrometry applications. Among various techniques available the paper presents selected numerical simulations and experimental validations of considered structures. Authors address also the problem of adhesive bonding in the case of carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP). Techniques for detection of weak bonds are presented together with signal processing approaches. The reported investigations concern weak adhesive bonds caused by both manufacturing (e.g. release agent, poor curing) and in–service contaminations (e.g. moisture). Also the paper provides helpful information about dispersion, mode conversion and wave scattering from stiffeners and boundaries. It addresses the problem of optimisation of excitation signal parameters and sensor placement, as well as analysis of signals reflected from damage. It also includes a variety of techniques being related to diagnostics (damage size estimation and damage type recognition) and prognostics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2015
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9435, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2015, 943502 (27 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178155
Show Author Affiliations
Wieslaw M. Ostachowicz, The Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (Poland)
Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Pawel H Malinowski, The Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (Poland)
Tomasz Wandowski, The Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (Poland)

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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