Adhesive defect detection in composite adhesive joints using phased array transducers

Baiyang Ren, Cliff J. Lissenden

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Abstract

Composite materials are widely used in aircraft structures due to their high specific stiffness and strength. The laminated nature of composite structures makes them subject to disbond and delamination. These types of defects will compromise the integrity of the structure and therefore need to be monitored. To monitor aircraft structures, light weight transducers capable of large area coverage are beneficial. Ultrasonic guided waves are able to travel long distance and are sensitive to localized defects. The multi-modal characteristic of propagating guided waves requires optimal mode selection and excitation. Phased array transducers provide good versatility for optimal mode excitation since they can excite different guided wave modes preferentially. Phased array transducers designed for structural health monitoring (SHM) applications are employed in this work to study the interaction between adhesive defects and guided wave modes. Amplitude ratios and wave packet composition are utilized as defect indicators that are uniquely available due to the phased array transducers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Volume 34
EditorsDale E. Chimenti, Leonard J. Bond
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Pages640-648
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780735412927
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2014 - Boise, United States
Duration: Jul 20 2014Jul 25 2014

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1650
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

Conference41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2014
CountryUnited States
CityBoise
Period7/20/147/25/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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