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Feasibility of delamination detection with embedded optical fibers
Author(s): Niell Elvin; Christopher K.Y. Leung
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Paper Abstract

The detection of delamination damage is important in ensuring the safety of composite structures. In this paper, a novel approach for delamination detection is described. The new approach involves (1) the application of a moving load on the composite member, and (2) measurement of total extension in embedded optical fiber(s). A theoretical study indicates that with the new approach, a single loading test can provide sufficient information to deduce the delamination location (in both the length and thickness directions) as well as the delamination size. Multiple delaminations can also be easily detected if there is no significant interaction between them. While further analysis and experimental work are necessary, the feasibility and potential of the proposed delamination detection technique has been established.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3041, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (6 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275686
Show Author Affiliations
Niell Elvin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Christopher K.Y. Leung, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Hong Kong)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3041:
Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Mark E. Regelbrugge, Editor(s)

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