Detection of the point of impact on a stiffened plate by the acoustic emission technique

Tribikram Kundu, Samik Das, Kumar V. Jata

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The applicability of guided waves to predict the point of impact in a stiffened plate is investigated. The conventional triangulation technique cannot predict the point of impact in a stiffened plate because the triangulation technique assumes that the wave speed is independent of the direction of propagation, which is not true for stiffened plates. An alternative method based on the optimization scheme was proposed by Kundu et al (2007J. Acoust. Soc. Am.1222057-66) to locate the point of impact in plates by analyzing the time of arrival of the ultrasonic signals received by passive sensors attached to the plate. After successful extension of this technique to predict the point of impact in anisotropic but homogeneous composite plates (Kundu et al 2008Ultrasonics48193-201) it is investigated in this paper whether this technique works well for predicting the point of impact in an inhomogeneous plate where the stiffeners make the structure inhomogeneous. Experiments are carried out by dropping ping pong and metal balls on the plate to simulate the impact phenomenon and recording acoustic signals by passive transducers adhesively bonded to the plate at three different locations. The impact points are predicted and compared with the actual locations of impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035006
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 18 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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