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Materials 2017, 10(9), 1027; doi:10.3390/ma10091027

Design of Waveguide Bars for Transmitting a Pure Shear Horizontal Wave to Monitor High Temperature Components

Key Laboratory of Pressure Systems and Safety, Ministry of Education, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China
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Received: 13 July 2017 / Revised: 6 August 2017 / Accepted: 9 August 2017 / Published: 4 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Structural Health Monitoring for Aerospace Applications 2017)
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Guided wave technique could be a possible method for monitoring components working in high temperature above 350 °C. However, this would require the design of an appropriate waveguide bar to transmit the wave, so that its sensing part is not influenced by the high temperature. In the present study, the shape of waveguide bars is designed based on the analysis of wave source characteristics. The critical frequency-width and frequency-thickness products of waveguide bars are analyzed theoretically and numerically to transmit the zeroth shear horizontal wave SH0* in bars. The results show that waveguide bars can cut off all the other wave modes when their frequency-thickness products are smaller than the critical value fd*, and frequency-width products are not smaller than the critical value fw*. Six waveguide bars are designed and fabricated based on the design criteria, and an experiment system is set up to check their work performance. The testing results indicate that the wave signals of the SH0* mode propagate clearly in waveguide bars, and cut off all the other modes when the frequency-thickness products and frequency-width products of the bars meet the design criteria. It is also demonstrated that the dependency of the experimental group velocity of each waveguide bar on frequency is in good agreement with the numerical result. High-temperature experiments also validate the reliability of the designed waveguide bars. Therefore, the critical frequency-thickness product and frequency-width product can be the basis for the design of the waveguide bars. View Full-Text
Keywords: high temperature; waveguide bar; design; non-dispersion; structural health monitoring; ultrasonic guided waves; piezoelectric transducers high temperature; waveguide bar; design; non-dispersion; structural health monitoring; ultrasonic guided waves; piezoelectric transducers
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Jia, J.; Wang, Q.; Liao, Z.; Tu, Y.; Tu, S.-T. Design of Waveguide Bars for Transmitting a Pure Shear Horizontal Wave to Monitor High Temperature Components. Materials 2017, 10, 1027.

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