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Analysing Guided Wave Propagation with Ultrasonic Imaging Methods for the Optimisation of a Helicopter Tail Boom SHM System

Hillger, Wolfgang and Szewieczek, Artur and Schmidt, Daniel (2010) Analysing Guided Wave Propagation with Ultrasonic Imaging Methods for the Optimisation of a Helicopter Tail Boom SHM System. DEStech Publications, Inc. 5th EWSHM, 29 June - 02 July 2010, Sorrento, Iataly.

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GFRP and CFRP sandwich structures with honeycomb cores are high performance light weight structures for aerospace applications. Their impact sensitivity requires reliable NDT methods after fabrication and in service. Guided waves are able to propagate over large areas in components with a small attenuation and interact with defects. The DLR part of the EU-project AISHA II (Aircraft integrated structural health assessment) is focused on a full-scale test of a 3.5 m long tail-boom of the helicopter EC 135. Especially for the complex composite tail boom with an asymmetric construction these interactions are difficult to predict and to compute. However their knowledge is important for the development of a structural health monitoring system. At DLR the non-contact ultrasonic imaging techniques are successfully used for a complementary NDT method and for the visualisation of the guided wave propagation. Experimental investigations showed that damage detection in the upper and lower skin is only possible with frequencies below 30 kHz. For S-mode excitation a special actuator based on piezocomposite transducers has been developed. This transducer is a combination of piezoceramic materials with ductile polymers and flexible electrodes to form a reliable and damage tolerant actuator. At delaminations the S-mode with a wavelength of about 160 mm is converted to an A-mode. The paper describes the possibility of a defect selective SHM system and shows the capability of impact detection.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/74444/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Analysing Guided Wave Propagation with Ultrasonic Imaging Methods for the Optimisation of a Helicopter Tail Boom SHM System
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Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
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Publisher:DEStech Publications, Inc
Series Name:Sorrento 10 SHM
Keywords:GFRP and CFRP sandwich structures, Guided waves, AISHA II (Aircraft integrated structural health assessment), helicopter EC 135, defect selective SHM system
Event Title:5th EWSHM
Event Location:Sorrento, Iataly
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:29 June - 02 July 2010
Organizer:National Research Council - Institute for Biometical and Composite Materials-IMCB-CNR, Italy
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:no assignment
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):no assignment
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Multifunctional Materials
Deposited By: Hillger, Wolfgang
Deposited On:24 Jan 2012 07:49
Last Modified:24 Jan 2012 07:49

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