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Genetic algorithm based reconstruction of the elastic moduli of orthotropic plates using an ultrasonic guided wave single-transmitter-multiple-receiver SHM array

08 Aug 2007-Smart Materials and Structures (IOP Publishing)-Vol. 16, Iss: 5, pp 1639-1650
TL;DR: In this article, a single-transmitter-multiple-receiver (STMR) compact structural health monitoring (SHM) array is used to reconstruct the elastic moduli of orthotropic plate structures.
Abstract: The reconstruction of all nine unknown elastic moduli of orthotropic plate structures has been achieved using a single-transmitter-multiple-receiver (STMR) compact structural health monitoring (SHM) array. This method uses the velocity measurement of the fundamental guided Lamb wave modes (S0 and A0), generated from a central transmitter, and received by a sparse array of receivers that encircle the transmitter. The measured velocities are then used in an inversion algorithm based on genetic algorithms. A prototype compact STMR array was developed and used in the measurement. Simulated data were used to demonstrate the feasibility of the technique. Experiments were conducted on 3.15 mm graphite–epoxy composite plate using a PZT based STMR array as well as laser vibrometer based displacement measurement. Experimental Lamb wave velocity data were used to validate the present technique. This technique finds application in the areas of material characterization and SHM of anisotropic plate-like structures used in aerospace and automobile components made using fiber reinforced composites.
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TL;DR: In this article, an inverse procedure based on the propagation of guided ultrasonic waves is proposed for the characterization of the elastic material constants of plates, which consists of an optimization problem in which the discrepancy between the dispersion curves obtained through a semi analytical finite element (SAFE) formulation and numerical or experimental dispersion curve is minimized.

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TL;DR: In this article, two flexible printed circuit board (PCB)-based patches were developed for accomplishing both objectives, i.e. online material characterization (MC) and structural health monitoring (SHM) of anisotropic plate-like structures.
Abstract: Structural health monitoring (SHM) of plate-like structures used in aerospace industries, using transducer arrays located suitably on the structure, such as the single-transmitter multiple-receiver (STMR) array [Wilcox PD, Lowe M, Cawley P. Lamb and SH wave transducer arrays for the inspection of large areas of thick plates. Review of progress in quantitative nondestructive evaluation, vol. 19A. Melville, NY, USA: American Institute of Physics; 1999. p. 1049–56; Wilcox PD. Guided wave beam steering from omni-directional transducer arrays. Review of progress in quantitative nondestructive evaluation, vol. 22A. Melville, New York, USA: American Institute of Physics; 2002. p. 761–8], has been demonstrated here. The reconstruction of the material state was carried out by utilizing a phased addition reconstruction algorithm. In addition to the signals from damage sites, the ultrasonic guided wave-based reconstruction procedures also need the complete set of elastic moduli as a continuous input throughout the SHM process. In the present study, two flexible printed circuit board (PCB)-based patches: ((i). single-quadrant, double-ring STMR material characterization (MC) array and (ii). Full-ring STMR SHM array) were developed for accomplishing both objectives, i.e. (a) online MC and (b) SHM of anisotropic plate-like structures, respectively. Experiments were conducted on 3.15 mm graphite-epoxy composite plate using PCB-based STMR arrays, the feasibility of accomplishing both objectives was demonstrated.

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TL;DR: This paper introduces an efficient inversion method based on genetic algorithms using multimode guided waves, in which the mode-order is kept blind, and shows that the model parameters are in good agreement with the reference values derived from x-ray micro-computed tomography.
Abstract: Recent progress in quantitative ultrasound has exploited the multimode waveguide response of long bones. Measurements of the guided modes, along with suitable waveguide modeling, have the potential to infer strength-related factors such as stiffness (mainly determined by cortical porosity) and cortical thickness. However, the development of such model-based approaches is challenging, in particular because of the multiparametric nature of the inverse problem. Current estimation methods in the bone field rely on a number of assumptions for pairing the incomplete experimental data with the theoretical guided modes (e.g. semi-automatic selection and classification of the data). The availability of an alternative inversion scheme that is user-independent is highly desirable. Thus, this paper introduces an efficient inversion method based on genetic algorithms using multimode guided waves, in which the mode-order is kept blind. Prior to its evaluation on bone, our proposal is validated using laboratory-controlled measurements on isotropic plates and bone-mimicking phantoms. The results show that the model parameters (i.e. cortical thickness and porosity) estimated from measurements on a few ex vivo human radii are in good agreement with the reference values derived from x-ray micro-computed tomography. Further, the cortical thickness estimated from in vivo measurements at the third from the distal end of the radius is in good agreement with the values delivered by site-matched high-resolution x-ray peripheral computed tomography.

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TL;DR: In this article, a non-contact method for low-frequency Lamb wave sensing using a laser Doppler velocimeter is presented, and the results are validated using classical piezoceramic-based sensing and numerical simulations.
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