Visualization of delaminations in composite structures using a baseline-free, sparse array imaging technique based on nonlinear Lamb wave propagation

Seyed Morteza Tabatabaeipour, Jan Hettler, Steven Delrue, Koen Van Den Abeele

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Abstract

Environmental factors such as temperature and humidity influence the efficacy of defect imaging procedures based on the identification of changes between an intact state and the current state of a sample/component/structure in the presence of a defect. In this paper, we focus on the Reconstruction Algorithm for Probabilistic Inspection of Damage (RAPID) and propose a nonlinear Lamb wave version of RAPID to visualize a delamination in a composite structure without having to know anything about the intact state, i.e. a baseline free RAPID. Once the optimal frequency selection of Lamb waves in a pitch-catch configuration mode is performed, low and high excitation amplitude signal responses within a sparse array at that frequency are evaluated along each transducer-receiver path by analyzing a set of damage sensitive parameters: the correlation coefficient, the energy of the scaling subtracted signal, and the and the third harmonic ratio. Processing of this information leads to a corresponding probabilistic damage map of the area within the sparse array. The obtained results from a validation experiment demonstrate the capability of this nonlinear variant of RAPID for the identification of a delamination in a composite structure
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-997
Number of pages11
JournalActa Acustica United with Acustica
Volume103
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • ultrasonic
  • NDT
  • nonlinear ultrasonic
  • guided waves
  • composite laminate
  • defects
  • defect imaging procedures

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