Impedance based damage diagnosis of a complex composite aircraft wing under changing loading and temperature conditions

Minkoo Kim, H. J. Lim, H. Sohn, C. Y. Park

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The objective of Structural health monitoring (SHM) is to estimate the current health state of a structure being monitored and to provide reliable information regarding the presence and severity of damage. Impedance-based damage detection technique, which utilizes the electromechanical coupling properties of piezoelectric transducers (PZTs), has been shown to be very sensitive to minor structural changes in the near field of the PZT transducers. In reality, structures are, however, subject to various environmental and operational conditions that affect measured impedance signals, and these ambient variations can often lead false alarms. To tackle of these problems, a data normalization procedure, that distinguishes structural damage from undesired ambient variations, has been developed specifically for impedance measurements. The uniqueness of this study lies in (1) the development of a new data normalization procedure based on support vector machine, (2) its application to impedance based damage detection, and (3) damage classification using novelty detection and generalized extreme value statistics. The proposed technique is applied to the data obtained from varying temperature and external loading conditions of a real composite aircraft wing. It is demonstrated that the proposed method successfully extracts the damage features from the presence of environmental and operational variations and detects damage within the complex aircraft wing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th European Workshop - Structural Health Monitoring 2010
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event5th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2010 - Naples, Italy
Duration: 28 Jun 20104 Jul 2010


Conference5th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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