Guided waves in multilayered plates for internal defect detection

Wei Yang, Tribikram Kundu

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In this paper, stress and displacement fields inside a multilayered plate are analytically computed. For the theoretical modeling, individual layers of the multilayered plate are assumed to be elastic and homogeneous, but anisotropic. These theoretical computations are then experimentally verified in a qualitative manner. Experimental investigations are carried out on a ceramic composite plate that has 12 plies of fibers going in 0° and 90° directions, [0,90]3s. The incident angles and frequencies of the ultrasonic signal for generating different Lamb wave modes in this plate are obtained experimentally as well as from the theory. Displacement and stress fields inside the plate for some of these Lamb nodes are then computed. Computation of stress and displacement fields inside the plate is useful for studying the internal damage. Internal stress distribution varies significantly from one Lamb mode to another. Hence, different Lamb modes should detect defects in different layers of the plate. The Lamb mode that produces maximum stress in a specific layer should be most sensitive for detecting defects in that layer. This is observed experimentally as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-327
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Engineering Mechanics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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