Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
San Diego, CA
Waviness in glass fiber reinforced composite is of great interest in composite research, since it results in the loss of stiffness. Several NDE techniques have been used previously to detect waviness. This work is concerned with waves normal to the plies in a composite. Air‐coupled ultrasonics was used to detect waviness in thick composites used in the manufacturing of wind turbine blades. Composite samples with different wave aspect ratios were studied. Different wavy samples were characterized, and a three step process was developed to make sure the technique is field implementable. This gives us a better understanding of the effect of waviness in thick composites, and how it affects the life and performance of the composite.
American Institute of Physics
Chakrapani, Sunil Kishore; Dayal, Vinay; Hsu, David K.; Barnard, Daniel J.; and Gross, Andrew, "Characterization of waviness in wind turbine blades using air coupled ultrasonics" (2010). Center for Nondestructive Evaluation Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations. 46.