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Continuous sensors for structural health monitoring
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This paper discusses the development of continuous Active Fiber Composite sensors to detect damage in composite materials. Continuous sensors contain multiple interconnected sensor nodes that can be integrated into an artificial neural system as an array of sensor nerves. Continuous sensors have demonstrated a possibility of damage detection in large structures when used as a part of Artificial Neural System. The advantage of this passive health monitoring approach is that the sensor system is highly distributed and uses parallel processing allowing large structures to be monitored for damage using a small number of channels of data acquisition. In the paper, the continuous sensor system is modeled and simulated by solving the elastic response of a plate and the coupled piezoelectric constitutive equations. The model and simulation allow the sensor system to be optimized for a particular material and plate size. The simulation predicts that acoustic waves representative of damage growth can be detected anywhere in the plate using a simple artificial neural system. To improve the sensitivity of the continuous sensor, unidirectional active fiber composite sensors were built from piezoceramic ribbon preforms. Manufacturing of the active fiber composite sensors is discussed in the paper. The continuous sensors were evaluated in a realistic test to show their ability detect acoustic emissions caused by damage to a composite material. The sensors were mounted on narrow glass fiber plates and tested to failure in a mechanical test machine. Results from the experiments are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5046, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials and Composites II, (1 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484120
Show Author Affiliations
Saurabh Datta, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Goutham R. Kirikera, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Mark J. Schulz, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Mannur J. Sundaresan, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5046:
Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials and Composites II
Andrew L. Gyekenyesi; Peter J. Shull, Editor(s)

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