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Analyzing the nonlinear mechanisms in active wave modulation spectroscopy and their Influence on delamination detection in laminated strips and plates
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The present work aims to address open issues hindering the development of nonlinear wave modulation SHM/NDE methods for the detection of delaminations in composite laminates. Specifically, the mechanisms generating the nonlinear indices are clarified and the relationship of the latter with damage and wave parameters is investigated. A robust and computationally fast, time domain spectral finite element, containing high-order layerwise laminate mechanics is further extended to model delaminated composite strips. Contact mechanisms enabling impacts between the delaminated interfaces are included in the formulation. Simulations of high-frequency antisymmetric and symmetric ultrasonic wave propagation in Carbon/Epoxy strips with various delaminations sizes are presented. The simulations reveal complex nonlinear phenomena involving interactions between wave conversion and contacts in the delaminated region, which subsequently result in frequency harmonics in the dynamic response, manifesting the presence of delamination. The dependence of the generated harmonics and their modulation factor, to the type of assumed contact, the size of damage and the frequency/wavelength of the excited wave are further studied. Finally experimental measurements are used to validate the analytical conclusions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2019
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10972, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems XIII, 109721K (1 April 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2515328
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Christoforos S. Rekatsinas, Univ. of Patras (Greece)
Nikolaos A. Chrysochoidis, Univ. of Patras (Greece)
Dimitris A. Saravanos, Univ. of Patras (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10972:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems XIII
Paul Fromme; Zhongqing Su, Editor(s)

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