Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE)
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems
An important advantage of guided waves is their ability to propagate large distances and yield more information about flaws than bulk waves. Unfortunately, the multi-modal, dispersive nature of guided waves makes them difficult to use for locating flaws. In this work, we present a method and experimental data for removing the deleterious effects of multi-mode dispersion allowing for source localization at frequencies comparable to those of bulk waves. Time domain signals are obtained using a novel 64-element phased array and processed to extract wave number and frequency spectra. By an application of Auld’s electro-mechanical reciprocity relation, mode contributions are extracted approximately using a variational method. Once mode contributions have been obtained, the dispersion for each mode is removed via back-propagation techniques. Excepting the presence of a small artifact at high frequency-thicknesses, experimental data successfully demonstrate the robustness and viability of this approach to guided wave source location.
Downs, Andrew; Roberts, Ronald A.; and Song, Jiming, "Array-Based Guided Wave Source Location Using Dispersion Compensation" (2021). Electrical and Computer Engineering Publications. 305.