Location

La Jolla, CA

Start Date

1-1-1991 12:00 AM

Description

Unidirectional boron fiber-epoxy composites are used for crack repair and for reinforcement of highly stressed regions in aircraft components and structures [1]. Critical nondestructive evaluation problems related to such repair technology include the need to ensure the integrity of the bond between the composite reinforcement and the substrate, and to detect and measure the depth of a crack underneath the reinforcement. Among possible ultrasonic techniques, leaky interface waves have shown promise for the measurement of adhesive bond strength [2], and could also allow extension to second-layer cracks of crack depth measurement techniques such as Rayleigh wave spectral modulation [3,4]. However, it is first necessary to measure elastic constants, Cij, for the composite, as these constants are needed to determine whether leaky interlace waves occur for a particular composite/substrate combination. Note that it is insufficient to measure Cij for composite material nominally identical to that used in a specific repair application, as the existence or otherwise of interface waves can be altered by small variations in Cij.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

10B

Chapter

Chapter 6: Engineered Materials

Section

Properties of Composites

Pages

1453-1459

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4615-3742-7_41

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Ultrasonic Measurement of Elastic Constants for Composite Overlays

La Jolla, CA

Unidirectional boron fiber-epoxy composites are used for crack repair and for reinforcement of highly stressed regions in aircraft components and structures [1]. Critical nondestructive evaluation problems related to such repair technology include the need to ensure the integrity of the bond between the composite reinforcement and the substrate, and to detect and measure the depth of a crack underneath the reinforcement. Among possible ultrasonic techniques, leaky interface waves have shown promise for the measurement of adhesive bond strength [2], and could also allow extension to second-layer cracks of crack depth measurement techniques such as Rayleigh wave spectral modulation [3,4]. However, it is first necessary to measure elastic constants, Cij, for the composite, as these constants are needed to determine whether leaky interlace waves occur for a particular composite/substrate combination. Note that it is insufficient to measure Cij for composite material nominally identical to that used in a specific repair application, as the existence or otherwise of interface waves can be altered by small variations in Cij.