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Materials 2010, 3(12), 5169-5194; doi:10.3390/ma3125169

Applications of Piezoelectric Materials in Structural Health Monitoring and Repair: Selected Research Examples

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Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, 3800, Australia
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Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5V6, Canada
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Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore, 119596, Singapore
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Received: 12 October 2010 / Revised: 26 November 2010 / Accepted: 30 November 2010 / Published: 6 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Ferroelectric & Piezoelectric Materials)
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The paper reviews the recent applications of piezoelectric materials in structural health monitoring and repair conducted by the authors. First, commonly used piezoelectric materials in structural health monitoring and structure repair are introduced. The analysis of plain piezoelectric sensors and actuators and interdigital transducer and their applications in beam, plate and pipe structures for damage detection are reviewed in detail. Second, an overview is presented on the recent advances in the applications of piezoelectric materials in structural repair. In addition, the basic principle and the current development of the technique are examined.
Keywords: structural health monitoring; structural repair; piezoelectric sensors and actuators; wave propagation; interdigital transducer; wavelet transform structural health monitoring; structural repair; piezoelectric sensors and actuators; wave propagation; interdigital transducer; wavelet transform
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Duan, W.H.; Wang, Q.; Quek, S.T. Applications of Piezoelectric Materials in Structural Health Monitoring and Repair: Selected Research Examples. Materials 2010, 3, 5169-5194.

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