Validation of a new method for ultrasonic structural healthArtikel
Validation of a new method for ultrasonic structural health monitoring using advanced signal analysis. This paper presents the results of research on a new method for the monitoring of structural health using ultrasound.
Conventional ultrasonic methods use the damping of the first arrival of the echo to determine imperfections, whereas this method uses the total complex echo, which has been subjected to multiple scattering and deflections within the tested material. It is experimentally demonstrated that the method works for health monitoring of a composite flat plate. A reference signal of an undamaged plate was recorded, which was correlated with recorded control signals of a damaged and a doubly damaged plate. To quantify this correlation the parameter fidelity was used. As the control signals are correlated with the reference signal the correlation is supposed to decrease as the plate is damaged and decrease further as the plate is doubly damaged.