Selective excitation of lamb-waves for damage detection in composites

G. Petculescu*, Sridhar Krishnaswamy, Jan Drewes Achenbach

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Sensors based on periodic arrays of coherent piezoelectric sources (comb design) are used to selectively excite and detect Lamb waves in aluminum and AS4/3601 unidirectional carbon-epoxy plates. 110 μm PVDF film poled in the thickness direction is used as piezoelectric material. An algorithm to eliminate the effect of coupling in amplitude measurements, using individual Lamb modes excited/detected by the same transducer pair, is described. A multiple-impact test showing a decrease in amplitude and group velocity as damage progresses is used as an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReview of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 25B
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Mar 6 2006
EventReview of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive - Brunswick, ME, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2005Aug 5 2005

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume820 II
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


OtherReview of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBrunswick, ME


  • Coupling cancellation
  • Lamb waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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