Localization and sizing of discontinuities using lamb-waves Conference Paper uri icon


  • Copyright © 2003 by DEStech Publications, Inc. All right reserved. This active sensing diagnostics methodology consists of an automated procedure capable of detecting and sizing notches and holes in isotropic plates. Piezoelectric transducers are used to generate and detect Lamb waves in perfect plates and plates containing discontinuities. Experimentally measured time-domain signals are first transformed into the time-frequency domain using a short time Fourier transform (STFT) and subsequently into the slowness-frequency domain. Finally, the discontinuity is located with a special correlation in the slowness-frequency domain. The advantage of the slowness-frequency domain representation (over the time-frequency representation) is its invariance with respect to source-receiver distance. Moreover, the slowness-frequency domain representation is a linear transformation as opposed to the group-velocity frequency representation. A verification of the proposed methodology shows excellent agreement with the actual location of the discontinuity. Furthermore, the size of the discontinuity is identified by taking into account the amplitude of the obtained correlation curve.

author list (cited authors)

  • Pinto, R., Hurlebaus, S., Jacobs, L. J., & Gaul, L.

publication date

  • January 2003