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Structural health monitoring of plates with surface features using guided ultrasonic waves
Author(s): P. Fromme
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Paper Abstract

Distributed array systems for guided ultrasonic waves offer an efficient way for the long-term monitoring of the structural integrity of large plate-like structures. The measurement concept involving baseline subtraction has been demonstrated under laboratory conditions. For the application to real technical structures it needs to be shown that the methodology works equally well in the presence of structural and surface features. Problems employing this structural health monitoring concept can occur due to the presence of additional changes in the signal reflected at undamaged parts of the structure. The influence of the signal processing parameters and transducer placement on the damage detection and localization accuracy is discussed. The use of permanently attached, distributed sensors for the A0 Lamb wave mode has been investigated. Results are presented using experimental data obtained from laboratory measurements and Finite Element simulated signals for a large steel plate with a welded stiffener.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7295, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2009, 729517 (8 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815530
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P. Fromme, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7295:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2009
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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