Locating point of impact in anisotropic fiber reinforced composite plates

Tribikram Kundu, Samik Das, Steven A. Martin, Kumar V. Jata

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The conventional triangulation technique cannot predict the point of impact in an anisotropic composite plate because the triangulation technique assumes that the wave speed is independent of the direction of propagation which is not the case for anisotropic plates. An alternative method based on the optimization scheme was proposed by Kundu et al. [T. Kundu, S. Das, K.V. Jata, Point of impact prediction in isotropic and anistropic plates from the acoustic emission data, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122, 2007, 2057-2066] to locate the point of impact in plates by analyzing the time of arrival of the ultrasonic signals received by the passive sensors attached to the plate. In this paper, that objective function is modified further to overcome the inherent difficulties associated with multiple singularities and to maximize the efficiency of the acoustic emission data for multiple receiving sensors. With this modified objective function the impact point on an anisotropic composite plate is predicted from the acoustic emission data. Experiments are carried out by dropping steel and ping pong balls on a graphite-epoxy composite plate and recording acoustic signals by passive transducers adhesively bonded to the plate at three different locations. The impact point is predicted by the proposed method and compared with the actual location of impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-201
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Acoustic emission
  • Anisotropic composite plate
  • Impact
  • Lamb wave
  • Passive monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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