Some aspects of numerical simulation for Lamb wave propagation in composite laminates

Chunhui Yang, Lin Ye, Zhongqing Su, Michael Bannister

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Some aspects of numerical simulation of Lamb wave propagation in composite laminates using the finite element models with explicit dynamic analysis are addressed in this study. To correctly and efficiently describe the guided-wave excited/received by piezoelectric actuators/sensors, effective models of surface-bounded flat PZT disks based on effective force, moment and displacement are developed. Different finite element models for Lamb wave excitation, collection and propagation in isotropic plate and quasi-isotropic laminated composite are evaluated using continuum elements (3-D solid element) and structural elements (3-D shell element), to elaborate the validity and versatility of the proposed actuator/sensor models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-275
Number of pages9
JournalComposite Structures
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Composite laminates
  • FE modelling
  • Lamb wave
  • Piezoelectric disc
  • Structural health monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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