Characterization of cracks from ultrasonic scattering data

J. D. Achenbach, D. A. Sotiropoulos, H. Zhu

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An inverse method for ultrasonic scattering data is proposed, to characterize a planar crack of general shape contained in an elastic solid. The method is based on an integral representation for the scattered field in the frequency domain. For a given scattered field the inverse problem has been formulated as a nonlinear optimization problem. At low frequencies its solution gives the location of the crack, the orientation of the crack-plane, and the crack-opening volumes. In addition the Mode I stress-intensity factor is obtained for a related static stress state corresponding to service loads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)754-760
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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