TITLE

Application of laser ultrasonics to monitor material degradation in FRP composites

AUTHOR(S)
Dokun, Olajide D.; Jacobs, Laurence J.; Haj-Ali, Rami M.
PUB. DATE
May 2000
SOURCE
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 509 Issue 1, p271
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This research uses laser ultrasonic techniques to monitor frequency dependent Rayleigh phase velocity (material dispersion) and then relates changes in this acoustic property to changes in the material’s properties (such as stiffness) that characterize damage. The subject material system is a thick, glass reinforced, vinylester (thermosetting) FRP composite. Laser ultrasonics is an ideal methodology to monitor changes in the Rayleigh phase velocity of this material because of its high fidelity, broad bandwidth, point source/receiver, and noncontact nature. The experimental procedure consists of measuring a series of transient elastic waveforms in a thick FRP specimen and then operating on these waveforms with the 2D-FFT to develop the (material) dispersion relationship for that specimen. Material degradation (damage) is introduced into these specimens with environmental aging and mechanical loading, and the dispersion curves are used to quantitatively track changes in material properties as a function of degradation. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
6029122

 

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