Time-domain hybrid global-local prediction of guided waves interaction with damage

Matthieu Gresil, Victor Giurgiutiu

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    This paper presents a hybrid finite element and analytical method to predict the 1-D guided wave propagation interaction with damage for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) application. The finite element mesh is used to describe the region around the damage (defects or flaws). In contrast to other hybrid models developed elsewhere, the interaction between Lamb waves and defects is computed in the time domain using the explicit solver of the commercial finite element method (FEM) software ABAQUS. Analytical methods can perform efficient modeling of wave propagation but are limited to simple geometries. Realistic structures with complicated geometries are usually modeled with the FEM. However, to obtain an accurate wave propagation solution at ultrasonic frequencies is computationally intensive and may become prohibitive for realistic structures. In response to today's complex cases not covered by the simulation tools available, we aim to develop an efficient and accessible tool for SHM applications. This tool will be based on a hybrid coupling between analytical solutions and time domain numerical codes. Lamb wave interaction with a notch is investigated by using this method, and the results obtained are with respect to transmission, reflection and mode conversion. Because of the symmetric mode shape, S0 is more sensitive to the shallow notch than A0. By making use of the fact that the reflection increases with increase in notch depth and mode conversion are maximized when the notch is around half through the thickness of the plate, the reflection and conversion coefficients can be used to characterize the depth of the notch. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)116-127
    Number of pages11
    JournalKey Engineering Materials
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Finite element method
    • Guided wave
    • Hybrid global-local
    • Piezoelectric wafer active sensor
    • Structural health monitoring


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