Location

Brunswick, ME

Start Date

1-1-1997 12:00 AM

Description

Many airplanes, both military and commercial, have exceeded their original design service lives. For such aging structures, the presence of hidden damage can severely limit their performance. It is important to monitor the progress of damage to ensure the safety and integrality of these structures. Typical damage can be several types of corrosion and fatigue cracking. Lap-joints trap moisture and air and are initiation sites for corrosion. These sites are potential locations for wide spread fatigue damage. Generally, corrosion can cause material loss and thickness reduction, which can be detected by non-destructive ultrasonic methods. Conventional methods require point-by-point inspection, which is a time-consuming process. Guided waves, which direct wave energy in the plate, carry information about the material in their path and offer a possible more efficient tool for non-destructive inspection of material loss or thickness reduction. Using a pitch-catch technique, in which one transducer sends a guided wave in a plate structure and a second transducer picks up the signal at a different position, guided waves can be launched and detected to inspect plate-like structures, line by line, thus increasing the inspection efficiency by an order of magnitude. Also, when guided waves pass through a region with material loss, some energy would be reflected back. By studying the characteristics of the reflected waves, information about material loss can be obtained.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

16A

Chapter

Chapter 1: Standard Techniques

Section

UT Guided Waves

Pages

153-160

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4615-5947-4_20

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Interaction of Lamb Waves with Defects in a Semi-Infinite Plate

Brunswick, ME

Many airplanes, both military and commercial, have exceeded their original design service lives. For such aging structures, the presence of hidden damage can severely limit their performance. It is important to monitor the progress of damage to ensure the safety and integrality of these structures. Typical damage can be several types of corrosion and fatigue cracking. Lap-joints trap moisture and air and are initiation sites for corrosion. These sites are potential locations for wide spread fatigue damage. Generally, corrosion can cause material loss and thickness reduction, which can be detected by non-destructive ultrasonic methods. Conventional methods require point-by-point inspection, which is a time-consuming process. Guided waves, which direct wave energy in the plate, carry information about the material in their path and offer a possible more efficient tool for non-destructive inspection of material loss or thickness reduction. Using a pitch-catch technique, in which one transducer sends a guided wave in a plate structure and a second transducer picks up the signal at a different position, guided waves can be launched and detected to inspect plate-like structures, line by line, thus increasing the inspection efficiency by an order of magnitude. Also, when guided waves pass through a region with material loss, some energy would be reflected back. By studying the characteristics of the reflected waves, information about material loss can be obtained.