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Ultrasonic structural health monitoring: strategies, issues, and progress
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Paper Abstract

Several different strategies are being considered for ultrasonic structural health monitoring systems using a variety of approaches. Guided wave techniques for interrogating large plate-like structures have probably generated the most interest; these methods have the potential of monitoring large areas with a low sensor density while remaining sensitive to defects. The acousto-ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation method has motivated the use of long-time, reverberating waves which "fill" a structure and hence monitor large areas. Local methods based upon several different wave modes have been considered for monitoring known "hot spots" such as fastener holes and critical bonds. Presented here are examples of these three strategies where the purpose is to both show progress which has been made and illustrate key issues, mainly in the context of aerospace applications. The progress and problems thus far show both the promise of ultrasonic structural health monitoring and the significant challenges in moving from the laboratory to deployed systems.

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Date Published: 7 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6933, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2008, 69330Z (7 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.778700
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Jennifer E. Michaels, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6933:
Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2008
Wolfgang Ecke; Kara J. Peters; Norbert G. Meyendorf, Editor(s)

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