Beamforming of Lamb Waves for Structural Health Monitoring (Preprint)
DAYTON UNIV OH RESEARCH INST
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Structural health monitoring techniques are being developed to reduce operations and support costs, increase availability, and maintain safety of current and future air vehicle systems. The use of Lamb waves, guided elastic waves in a plate, has shown promise in detecting localized damage, such as cracking or corrosion, due to the short wavelengths of the propagating waves. The use of such techniques for structural health monitoring of simple plate and shell structures are significantly more complex and advanced techniques may be required. One advanced technique involves using an array of piezoelectric transducers to generate or sense elastic waves in the structure under inspection. By adjusting the spacing andor phasing between the piezoelectric transducers, transmitted or received waves can be focused in a specific direction. This paper presents details on the analytical modeling and experimental testing of beam forming, using an array of piezoelectric transducers on an aluminum panel. Results are shown to compare well with theoretical predictions.
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