Advanced numerical simulations considering crack orientation for fatigue damage quantification using nonlinear guided waves

Yu Fung Lee, Ye Lu

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A numerical study including a fatigue crack trajectory simulation was undertaken by means of separating morphing and adaptive remeshing technology (SMART) Crack Growth in ANSYS, on the basis of which the simulations of nonlinear ultrasonic waves for fatigue damage detection using the precise fatigue crack trajectory was achieved. The simulated crack trajectory was first validated by experimental results in terms of crack initiation angle and number of fatigue cycles and was subsequently utilised for crack quantification based on second harmonic method. The results revealed that the nonlinearity in terms of the trend and magnitude with respect to crack length in the advanced simulation is closer to that in the experimental results than the common simulation approach where damage was modelled as a straight line crack. Given that the influence of crack orientation on contact acoustic nonlinearity (CAN) was taken into consideration, the developed advanced simulation could further enhance the capability of numerical modelling for simulating the interaction between nonlinear guided waves and fatigue crack, facilitating the fundamental investigation of CAN mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106738
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • Advanced numerical simulation
  • Contact acoustic nonlinearity
  • Fatigue crack
  • Nonlinear guided waves

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