Nonlinear acoustic resonances to probe a threaded interface

Jacques Rivière, Guillaume Renaud, Sylvain Haupert, Maryline Talmant, Pascal Laugier, Paul A. Johnson

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We evaluate the sensitivity of multimodal nonlinear resonance spectroscopy to torque changes in a threaded interface. Our system is comprised of a bolt progressively tightened in an aluminum plate. Different modes of the system are studied in the range 1-25 kHz, which correspond primarily to bending modes of the plate. Nonlinear parameters expressing the importance of resonance frequency and damping variations are extracted and compared to linear ones. The influence of each mode shape on the sensitivity of nonlinear parameters is discussed. Results suggest that a multimodal measurement is an appropriate and sensitive method for monitoring bolt tightening. Further, we show that the nonlinear components provide new information regarding the interface, which can be linked to different friction theories. This work has import to study of friction and to nondestructive evaluation of interfaces for widespread application and basic research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number124901
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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