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Damage Detection in a Helicopter Composite Tailboom by Mode Conversion of Lamb Waves

Hillger, Wolfgang und Szewieczek, Artur und Schmidt, Daniel (2012) Damage Detection in a Helicopter Composite Tailboom by Mode Conversion of Lamb Waves. ISBN 978-3-940283-41-2.

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Lamb waves (LWs) can be easily excited and received by piezoelectric patches, are able to propagate over large distances and interact with defects. Therefore these waves are attractive for active Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems. DLR-FA was involved in the EU project AISHA II. The research was focussed on impact detection in a helicopter EC 135 tailboom. This complex honeycomb sandwich component with a length of about 3.5 m is totally different from “laboratory specimens” because of an asymmetric construction with skins of GFRP and CFRP and several copper mash foils for flash protection. First investigations show that LWs with frequencies below 30 kHz propagate through the whole thickness what is important for impact detection. The classic method with a network of switched piezoelectric patches used as sensors and actuators failed for damage detection. For analysing the wave interaction with defects a visualisation of the wave field using air-coupled ultrasonic technique has been developed. This visualisation showed mode conversions from S0 to A0 at all stiffness changes: core bondings, impacts and even at glued piezoelectric sensors. The more glued sensors the more complex the wave field is. Based on these results a concept of damage detection in the tailboom has been developed. This concept uses mode conversion as an indicator for damages. In order to have a minimal additional distortion of the wave propagation only few actuators are applied on the structure at positions with “natural” mode conversions. The 64 sensors are air-coupled and arranged in eight arrays with multiplexers. This paper presents details about the wave propagation, the demonstrator system, and shows first results of damage detection

Titel:Damage Detection in a Helicopter Composite Tailboom by Mode Conversion of Lamb Waves
AutorenInstitution oder E-Mail-Adresse der Autoren
Hillger, WolfgangDLR-FA-MW
Szewieczek, Artur DLR-FA-MW
Schmidt, DanielDLR-FA-MW
Datum:Juli 2012
Band:Volume 2
HerausgeberInstitution und/oder E-Mail-Adresse der Herausgeber
Boller, ChristianIZFP Saarbrücken
Stichwörter:Lamb waves, helicopter Tailboom, visualization of wave field, damage detection, mode conversion, demonstrator
HGF - Forschungsbereich:Energie
HGF - Programm:keine Zuordnung
HGF - Programmthema:E - keine Zuordnung
DLR - Schwerpunkt:Energie
DLR - Forschungsgebiet:E - keine Zuordnung
DLR - Teilgebiet (Projekt, Vorhaben):E -- keine Zuordnung
Standort: Braunschweig
Institute & Einrichtungen:Institut für Faserverbundleichtbau und Adaptronik
Hinterlegt von: Wolfgang Hillger
Hinterlegt am:17 Jul 2012 07:25
Letzte Änderung:17 Jul 2012 07:25

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