Prediction of attenuated guided waves propagation in carbon fiber composites using Rayleigh damping model

Matthieu Gresil, Victor Giurgiutiu

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In this work, a predictive model of attenuated guided wave propagation in carbon fiber-reinforced polymer using Rayleigh damping is developed. After a brief introduction, this article reviews the theory of guided waves in anisotropic composite materials. It follows with a discussion of the piezoelectric wafer active sensors, which are lightweight and inexpensive transducers for structural health monitoring applications. Experiments were performed on a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer panel to measure the dispersion curves and the piezoelectric wafer active sensors tuning curves. Lamb wave damping coefficient was modeled using the multi-physics finite element method and compared with experimental results. A discussion about the capability to simulate, with multi-physics finite element method commercial software, guided wave in composite material using the Rayleigh damping is developed. This article ends with conclusion, and suggestions for further work are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2151-2169
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon fiber
  • finite element analysis
  • functional composites
  • piezoelectric wafer active sensor
  • Rayleigh damping
  • smart materials
  • ultrasonics

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