Guided-wave (GW) approaches have shown potential in various initial laboratory demonstrations as a solution to structural health monitoring (SHM) for damage prognosis. This thesis starts with an introduction to and a detailed survey of this field. Some critical areas where further research was required and those that were chosen to be addressed herein are highlighted. Those were modeling, design guidelines, signal processing and effects of elevated temperature. Three-dimensional elasticity-based models for GW excitation and sensing by finite dimensional surface-bonded piezoelectric wafer transducers and anisotropic piezocomposites are developed for various configurations in isotropic structures. The validity of these models is extensively examined in numerical simulations and experiments. These models and other ideas are then exploited to furnish a set of design guidelines for the excitation signal and transducers in GW SHM systems. A novel signal processing algorithm based on chirplet matching pursuits and mode identification for pulse-echo GW SHM is proposed. The potential of the algorithm to automatically resolve and identify overlapping, multimodal reflections is discussed and explored with numerical simulations and experiments. Next, the effects of elevated temperature as expected in internal spacecraft structures on GW transduction and propagation are explored based on data from the literature incorporated into the developed models. Results from the model are compared with experiments. The feasibility of damage characterization at elevated temperatures is also investigated. An extension of the modeling effort for GW excitation by finite-dimensional piezoelectric wafer transducers to composite plates is also proposed and verified by numerical simulations. At the end, future directions for research to make this technology more easily deployable in field applications are suggested.This thesis starts with an introduction to and a detailed survey of this field. Some critical areas where further research was required and those that were chosen to be addressed herein are highlighted.
|Title||:||Guided-wave Structural Health Monitoring|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|