Ultrasonic nonlinear guided wave inspection of microscopic damage in a composite structure

Li Zhang, Cody Borigo, Steven Owens, Clifford Lissenden, Joseph Rose, Chris Hakoda

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Abstract

Sudden structural failure is a severe safety threat to many types of military and industrial composite structures. Because sudden structural failure may occur in a composite structure shortly after macroscale damage initiates, reliable early diagnosis of microdamage formation in the composite structure is critical to ensure safe operation and to reduce maintenance costs. Ultrasonic guided waves have been widely used for long-range defect detection in various structures. When guided waves are generated under certain excitation conditions, in addition to the traditional linear wave mode (known as the fundamental harmonic wave mode), a number of nonlinear higher-order harmonic wave modes are also be generated. Research shows that the nonlinear parameters of a higher-order harmonic wave mode could have excellent sensitivity to microstructural changes in a material. In this work, we successfully employed a nonlinear guided wave structural health monitoring (SHM) method to detect microscopic impact damage in a 32-layer carbon/epoxy fiber-reinforced composite plate. Our effort has demonstrated that, utilizing appropriate transducer design, equipment, excitation signals, and signal processing techniques, nonlinear guided wave parameter measurements can be reliably used to monitor microdamage initiation and growth in composite structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication43rd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Volume 36
EditorsLeonard J. Bond, Dale E. Chimenti
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735414747
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 2017
Event43rd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2016 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 22 2016

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1806
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other43rd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period7/17/167/22/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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