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Damage Detection in a Composite T-Joint Using Guided Lamb Waves

i-Composites Lab, School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore 138634, Singapore
Aerospace Research Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Aerospace 2018, 5(2), 40;
Received: 22 February 2018 / Revised: 3 April 2018 / Accepted: 5 April 2018 / Published: 9 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from IWSHM 2017)
Low velocity impact induces barely visible damage in the form of matrix cracking or delamination that can grow under hydro-thermo-mechanical loading and possibly lead to catastrophic failure if not detected at an early stage. A network of piezoelectric transducers can be used to monitor a structure over time for life prognosis through generation and sensing of guided ultrasonic waves. The aim of this study is to design and develop such a sensing method for damage assessment in a composite T-joint subjected to mechanical impacts. In this context, monitoring of Lamb waves in a carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) T-joint has been completed where dispersion and tuning curves have been obtained. Guided waves are transmitted into the structure through different specified pairs of surface-bonded lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) transducers in a pitch–catch active structural health monitoring (SHM) approach. With these experiments, Lamb wave fundamental modes (A0 and S0) are identified for monitoring impact damage by signal comparison with a prior obtained baseline. Detecting 4J and 10J inner impacts within the central region of the specimen is challenging when using conventional non-destructive techniques (NDT) because of the complex geometry and interference with the web. Signals are compared for the same selected sensing path; and amplitude differences have been observed in tuning curves after the 10J impact, which implies the occurrence of a structural change related to the impact. View Full-Text
Keywords: composite; T-joint; SHM; impact damage; piezoelectric transducers; Lamb waves composite; T-joint; SHM; impact damage; piezoelectric transducers; Lamb waves
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Philibert, M.; Soutis, C.; Gresil, M.; Yao, K. Damage Detection in a Composite T-Joint Using Guided Lamb Waves. Aerospace 2018, 5, 40.

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