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An analytical model of transducer array arrangement for guided wave excitation and propagation on cylindrical structures

An analytical model of transducer array arrangement for guided wave excitation and propagation on cylindrical structures

Niu, X, Tee, K F ORCID: 0000-0003-3202-873X and Marques, H R (2019) An analytical model of transducer array arrangement for guided wave excitation and propagation on cylindrical structures. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series. IOP Science, 012057. ISSN 1742-6588 (Print), 1742-6596 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1264/1/012057)

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Abstract

Ultrasonic guided wave (GW) inspection is one of the non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques available for the engineering structures. Compared with other NDT techniques, guided waves can propagate a long distance with a relatively high sensitivity to defects in the structure. In order to increase the performance for pipe inspections to meet higher requirements under different conditions, the optimisation of piezoelectric transducer array design is still a need, as the technique is currently subject to a complex analysis due to wide number of guided wave modes generated. This can be done by optimising the transducer array design. In this paper, it is described an analytical mode of a set of piezoelectric transducer arrays upon torsional wave mode T(0,1) excitation in a tubular structure. The proposed analytical model for predicting signal propagation is validated by using finite element analysis in ABAQUS and three-dimensional laser vibrometer experiments for transducer array characterisations. The proposed analytical model works well and very fast for simulating transducer excitation and wave propagation along cylindrical structures. This will significantly reduce the complexity of guided wave analysis, enhancing effectively the structural health of structures and subsequently reducing the industry maintenance cost.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Uncontrolled Keywords: analytical model, transducer array, guided wave excitation, propagation, cylindrical structures
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENN)
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2020 00:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26563

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