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Crack detection with wireless inductively-coupled transducers
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Paper Abstract

In earlier work we developed inductive coupling for surface-mounted Lamb wave transducers operating at relatively low frequencies, such as 300 kHz. We now report on similar inductively-coupled transducers at higher (multiple MHz) frequencies. Our investigation was motivated by a particular application, to examine a box girder top flange, using transducers mounted along the flange edge. We employ a pair of transducers in pitch-catch mode, offset to create a diagonal path, and show that a shadow is detected when the path is intercepted by a through-thickness crack. We compare results obtained using conventionally wired transducers and using inductively-coupled transducers, showing that effective performance can be achieved with wireless (inductively-coupled) operation. Superior performance is obtained if plexiglas wedges are used to direct the beam along the diagonal path. Reflection from the crack is evident, as is the shadow effect along the direct diagonal path.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6932, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008, 69321H (8 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.775917
Show Author Affiliations
Peng Zheng, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
David W. Greve, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Irving J. Oppenheim, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6932:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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