A damage identification technique for CF/EP composite laminates using distributed piezoelectric transducers

Zhongqing Su, Lin Ye, Xiongzhu Bu

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In this study, a damage identification approach was developed for carbon fibre/epoxy composite laminates with localized internal delamination. Propagation of the Lamb wave in laminates and its interaction with the delamination were examined. The fundamental symmetric Lamb wave mode, So, and the lowest order shear wave mode, S'o, were chosen to predict damage location. A realtime active diagnosis system was therefore established. This technique uses distributed piezoelectric transducers to generate and monitor the ultrasonic Lamb wave with narrowband frequency. The two-way switches were employed to minimize the number of transducers. A signal-processing scheme based on the time-frequency spectrographic analysis was utilised to extract useful diagnostic information. Also, an optimal identification method was applied on damage searching procedure to reduce errors and obtain the diagnostic results promptly. Experiments were conducted on [0/-45/45/90]sCF/EP laminates to verify this diagnosis system. The results obtained show that satisfactory detection accuracy could be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-471
Number of pages7
JournalComposite Structures
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Fibre-reinforced composite
  • Lamb wave
  • Signal processing
  • Smart structures
  • Structural health monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites

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