Ultrasonic guided wave propagation and disbond identification in a honeycomb composite sandwich structure using bonded piezoelectric wafer transducers

Shirsendu Sikdar, Sauvik Banerjee, G. Ashish

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A coordinated theoretical, numerical, and experimental study is carried out in an effort to understand ultrasonic guided wave propagation and interaction with disbond, as well as, to identify disbond in a honeycomb composite sandwich structure using surface-bonded piezoelectric wafer transducers. In contrast to most of the work done previously, a fast and efficient two-dimensional semi-analytical model based on global matrix method is used to study dispersion characteristics as well as transient response of the healthy honeycomb composite sandwich structure subjected to relatively high-frequency piezoelectric wafer transducer excitations. Numerical simulations are then conducted using commercially available finite element package, ABAQUS, in order to explore guided wave propagation mechanisms due to the presence of disbond. Numerical simulations are further broadened to investigate the effect of disbond size on the amplitudes and group velocities of propagating guided wave modes. A good agreement is observed between the theoretical, numerical and experimental results in all cases studied. It is noticed that the presence of disbond, in particular, amplifies the first anti-symmetric (A0) mode and increases its group velocity. Finally, based on these modal behaviors, the location of an unknown disbond, within the piezoelectric wafer transducer array is experimentally determined by applying a probability-based damage detection algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1767-1779
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • disbond
  • dispersion
  • honeycomb composite sandwich structure
  • piezoelectric wafer transducers
  • ultrasonic guided wave

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