Baseline-free characterisation of a delamination using nonlinear vibro-acoustic modulation

Jed A. Guinto, L R Francis Rose, Philippe Blanloeuil, Martin Veidt, Wing-Kong Chiu, Hoon Sohn, Chun H. Wang

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Conventional non-destructive evaluation techniques based on linear response are less sensitive to micro-damage than large defects. Nonlinear ultrasonics has recently attracted strong interest as offering the potential of baseline-free early damage detection. In the present work we employ the nonlinear vibro-acoustic technique, where a structure is simultaneously subjected to a low frequency and a high frequency excitation in order to generate nonlinear vibrational responses for the characterisation of delamination damage. In the presence of structural damage such as cracks and delamination, nonlinear mechanisms such as contact acoustic nonlinearity are activated, resulting in the generation of sideband frequency components that are not generated in a pristine structure. Though extensive qualitative analysis has been performed to assess vibro-acoustic modulation techniques for detecting the presence of defects, there is still a lack of understanding of the spatial sensitivity of the nonlinear response and hence of the prospects for locating and sizing damage. The results of the present study demonstrate that sideband frequency components generated by a delamination defect can be used to characterize the damage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2016
Subtitle of host publicationBilbao, Spain; 5-8 July 2016
Place of PublicationBad Breisig Germany
PublisherNDT Internet Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781510827936
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEuropean Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2016 - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 Jul 20168 Jul 2016
Conference number: 8th


ConferenceEuropean Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2016
Abbreviated titleEWSHM 2016
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  • Damage
  • Detection
  • Modulation
  • NDT
  • Nonlinear
  • Vibration

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