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Damage detection using piezoelectric impedance approach with inductive circuitry
Author(s): X. Wang; J. Tang
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Paper Abstract

The impedance-based damage detection has been recognized to be sensitive to small-sized damage due to its highfrequency measurement capability. Low-cost impedance measurement circuit has been explored to extract the piezoelectric impedance/admittance curves by using a resistor that is serially connected with the piezoelectric transducer, which enables a self-contained sensor unit. In this research, an innovative impedance-based damage detection scheme is proposed, which combines the key features of the low-cost impedance measurement circuit with those of the piezoelectric circuitry dynamics. In the new scheme, the piezoelectric transducer is integrated with an inductive circuit. The resonant effect of the inductive circuitry can greatly increase the measurement amplitude. Moreover, when the inductance is properly tuned, very significant dynamic interaction between the mechanical structure being monitored and the electrical circuitry will occur. This results in an order-of-magnitude amplification of the admittance change upon the occurrence of damage, which can yield much increased damage detection sensitivity. Extensive numerical and experimental investigations are carried out to demonstrate the new sensing system development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2009
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7292, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009, 72921B (30 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.816137
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X. Wang, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
J. Tang, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7292:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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