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Nonlinear Elastic Tomography Using Sparse Array Measurements

Abstract : Literature offers a quantitative number of diagnostic imaging methods that can continuously provide a detailed image of the material defects in aerospace and civil application. This paper presents a nonlinear Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) imaging method, based on nonlinear elastic wave tomography (NEWT), for the detection of the nonlinear signature in damaged isotropic structures. The proposed technique, based on a combination of higher order statistics (HOS) and radial basis function (RBF) interpolation, is applied to a number of waveforms containing the nonlinear responses of the medium. HOS such as bispectral analysis and bicoherence was used to characterize the second order nonlinearity of the structure due to corrosion, whilst RBF interpolation was applied to a number of signals acquired from a sparse array of sensors, in order to obtain an image of the defect. Compared to standard linear ultrasonic imaging techniques, the robustness of this nonlinear tomography sensing system was experimentally demonstrated. Moreover, this methodology does not require any baseline with the undamaged structure for the detection of the nonlinear source as well as a priori knowledge of the mechanical properties of the medium. Finally, the use of HOS makes NEWT a valid alternative to traditional nonlinear elastic wave spectroscopy (NEWS) methods for materials showing either classical or non-classical nonlinear behaviour.
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Francesco Ciampa, Simon Pickering, Gennaro Scarselli, Andrea Giampiccolo, Michele Meo. Nonlinear Elastic Tomography Using Sparse Array Measurements. EWSHM - 7th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, IFFSTTAR, Inria, Université de Nantes, Jul 2014, Nantes, France. ⟨hal-01022040⟩



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