Wednesday, 15 April 2015

New trends in non-destructive assessment of aerospace structures

Wieslaw M. Ostachowicz ; Pawel H. Malinowski ; Tomasz Wandowski



Abstract


The scope of the paper includes non–destructive assessment of the structure's material condition, for the aerospace structures during its useful lifetime. The paper presents multidisciplinary technologies devoted to development and implementation of methods and systems that realize inspection and damage detection by non–destructive methods. The paper covers several disciplines which are based on topics such as piezoelectric transducers, elastic waves propagation phenomenon, structural vibrations analysis, electro–mechanical impedance method, terahertz technique, laser induced fluorescence and 3D laser vibrometry applications. Among various techniques available the paper presents selected numerical simulations and experimental validations of considered structures. Authors address also the problem of adhesive bonding in the case of carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP). Techniques for detection of weak bonds are presented together with signal processing approaches. The reported investigations concern weak adhesive bonds caused by both manufacturing (e.g. release agent, poor curing) and in–service contaminations (e.g. moisture). Also the paper provides helpful information about dispersion, mode conversion and wave scattering from stiffeners and boundaries. It addresses the problem of optimisation of excitation signal parameters and sensor placement, as well as analysis of signals reflected from damage. It also includes a variety of techniques being related to diagnostics (damage size estimation and damage type recognition) and prognostics. © (2015) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.