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8 April 2010 Lamb wave sensing with metal-core piezoelectric fiber for structural health monitoring
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Metal-core piezoelectric fibers (MPF) are a new type of piezoelectric ceramic device with small size, and have great potential to be used as structurally integrated transducers for guided-wave (GW) structural health monitoring. The response of surface-bonded metal-core piezoelectric fiber (MPF) sensors to Lamb-wave fields is introduced. The interaction of Lamb waves with damage, e.g. the reflection of the waves at defects, allows the detection of damage in structures by monitoring the Lamb wave propagation characteristics. The good directional properties of MPF are used to determine the direction of the reflected Lamb waves by mounting three MPF sensors in a rosette configuration. Two suitably spaced rosettes are used to locate the source of reflection, i.e., the damage, by taking the intersection of the directional lines given by the two rosettes. The performance of the sensor for Lamb wave sensing and damage localization is validated on an aluminum plate.
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Jian Liu, Jinhao Qiu, Weijie Chang, Hongli Ji, and Kongjun Zhu "Lamb wave sensing with metal-core piezoelectric fiber for structural health monitoring", Proc. SPIE 7650, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2010, 765006 (8 April 2010);

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