Application of a Laser-Based Time Reversal Algorithm for Impact Localization in a Stiffened Aluminum Plate

Marco Miniaci, Matteo Mazzotti, Maciej Radzieński, Pawel Kudela, Nesrine Kherraz, Federico Bosia, Nicola M. Pugno, Wieslaw Ostachowicz
2019 Frontiers in Materials  
Non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques using elastic guided waves are often limited by material inhomogeneity or geometrical irregularities of the tested parts. This is a severe restriction in many fields of engineering such as aerospace or aeronautics, where typically one needs to monitor composite structures with varying mechanical properties and complex geometries. This is particularly true in the case of multiscale composite materials, where anisotropy and
more » ... material gradients may be present. Here, we provide an impact localization algorithm based on time reversal and laser vibrometry to cope with this type of complexity. The proposed approach is shown to be insensitive to local elastic wave velocity or geometrical features. The technique is based on the correlation of the measured impact response and a set of measured test data acquired at various grid points along the specimen surface, allowing high resolution in the determination of the impact point. We present both numerical finite element simulations and experimental measurements to support the proposed procedure, showing successful implementation on an eccentrically stiffened aluminum plate. The technique holds promise for advanced SHM, potentially in real time, of geometrically complex composite structures.
doi:10.3389/fmats.2019.00030 fatcat:lfd4nfzsnzgxfcjhvowrnz3u5i