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On the Directivity of Acoustic Waves Generated by the Angle Beam Wedge Actuator in Thin Walled Structures

Version 1 : Received: 25 August 2019 / Approved: 26 August 2019 / Online: 26 August 2019 (15:56:17 CEST)

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Shevtsov, S.; Chebanenko, V.; Shevtsova, M.; Kirillova, E.; Rozhkov, E. On the Directivity of Acoustic Waves Generated by the Angle Beam Wedge Actuator in Thin-Walled Structures. Actuators 2019, 8, 64. Shevtsov, S.; Chebanenko, V.; Shevtsova, M.; Kirillova, E.; Rozhkov, E. On the Directivity of Acoustic Waves Generated by the Angle Beam Wedge Actuator in Thin-Walled Structures. Actuators 2019, 8, 64.

Journal reference: Actuators 2019, 8, 64
DOI: 10.3390/act8030064

Abstract

The paper is aimed to develop an improved acoustic-based Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques, which provide the waves directivity emitting by the angle-beam wedge actuators in the thin-walled structures made of plastic materials and polymeric composites. Our investigation includes the dispersive analysis of the waves that can be excited in the studied plastic panel. Its results allowed to find two kinds of the generated acoustic waves - anti-symmetric Lamb waves A0 and shear horizontally polarized SH waves SS0. The bounds of the chosen frequency range for the experimental and numerical studies were accepted as a compromise between the desire to obtain high defects resolution by generating short waves, their adjustable directivity and maximum propagation length. The finite element model for the transducer was built by using the results of actuator structure experimental study. The frequency response functions for the actuator current and oscillation amplitude of the footprint surface demonstrated good agreement. The found eigenfrequencies of actuator's structure were used for the numerical and experimental study of the Lamb and SH wave generation and propagation in a thin-walled plastic panel. Our results convincingly demonstrated the satisfactory directivity of the actuated waves at their excitation on the frequencies that corresponded to the natural modes of the actuator oscillation. The authors assume that an efficient use of the proposed technique for other analyzed quasi-isotropic materials and applied actuators can be provided by a preliminary research using the similar approach and methods presented in this article.

Subject Areas

acoustic based SHM; plastics and polymeric composites; Lamb waves; horizontally polarized SH waves; angle-beam wedge transducer; waves directivity

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