Improved global-local model to predict guided-wave scattering patterns from discontinuities in complex parts

Antonino Spada, Francesco Lanza Di Scalea, Margherita Capriotti, Ranting Cui

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Ultrasonic guided-wave testing can greatly benefit from (1) an ability to provide quantitative information on the damage that is being detected, and (2) an ability to select the best mode-frequency combination for maximum sensitivity to a given type of damage. Achieving these capabilities in complex structures (e.g. nonprismatic structures such as a stiffened panel in aerospace fuselages) is a nontrivial task. This paper will discuss an improved Global-Local (GL) method where the geometrical "local" discontinuity (e.g. the stiffener) is modelled by traditional FE discretization and the rest of the structure ("global" part) is modelled by Semi-Analytical Finite Element (SAFE) cross-sectional discretization. The boundaries of the "local" domain and the "global" domain are then matched in terms of wave displacement and stresses. GL models have been proposed in the past using theoretical (Lamb) wave solutions that only apply to isotropic plates. The authors have also previously studied GL methods using the SAFE approach for application to multi-layered anisotropic plates for which theoretical solutions are either not existent or hard to obtain. This work will extend recent research on these methods by optimizing the Matlab routine that is used to run the GL code, correcting some formulation errors that were present in the previous edition, and studying the specific case of a composite panel stiffened with cocured stringers that is representative of modern commercial aircraft construction (e.g. Boeing 787). The newlyformulated GL method will be shown to provide excellent results that can help designing a guided-wave test on these aircraft components for optimum detection of relevant damage that can be induced by impacts (including skin delaminations, stringer heel cracks, and stringer to skin disbonds). Other applications of the GL methods beyond stiffened aircraft panels will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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