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A geodesic-based triangulation technique for damage location in metallic and composite plates

Gangadharan, R and Bhat, MR and Murthy, CRL and Gopalakrishnan, S (2010) A geodesic-based triangulation technique for damage location in metallic and composite plates. In: Smart Materials and Structures, 19 (11).

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Lamb-wave-based damage detection methods using the triangulation technique are not suitable for handling structures with complex shapes and discontinuities as the parametric/analytical representation of these structures is very difficult. The geodesic concept is used along with the triangulation technique to overcome the above problem. The present work is based on the fundamental fact that a wave takes the minimum energy path to travel between two points on any multiply connected surface and this reduces to the shortest distance path or geodesic. The geodesics are computed on the meshed surface of the structure using the fast marching method. The wave response matrix of the given sensor configuration for the healthy and the damaged structure is obtained experimentally. The healthy and damage response matrices are compared and their difference gives the time information about the reflection of waves from the damage. A wavelet transform is used to extract the arrival time information of the wave scattered by the damage from the acquired Lamb wave signals. The computed geodesics and time information are used in the ellipse algorithm of triangulation formulation to locate the loci of possible damage location points for each actuator-sensor pair. The results obtained for all actuator-sensor pairs are combined and the intersection of multiple loci gives the damage location result. Experiments were conducted in aluminum and composite plate specimens to validate this method.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Smart Materials and Structures
Publisher: IOP Publishing ltd
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to IOP Publishing ltd .
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 07:24
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 07:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/34546

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