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1 August 2003 Computerized time-reversal method for structural health monitoring
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In this paper an experimental and theoretical investigation of the applicability of the time-reversal concept to guided waves in plates, where the waves are dispersive and of multi-modes. It is shown that although temmporal and spatial focusing can be achieved through time reversal, the dispersive behavior of the flexural waves renders it impossible to exactly reconstruct the waveform of the original excitation. Nevertheless, the temporal and spatial focusing allows the development of a synthetic time-reversal array method for a distributed network of sensors and actuators. This new method, which overcomes the limitation of the conventional phased array method that operates under pulse-echo mode, can considerably enhance the signal strength, thus reducing the number of sensors and actuators required to achieve a given signal-to-noise ratio.
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Chun H. Wang, James T Rose, and Fu-Kuo Chang "Computerized time-reversal method for structural health monitoring", Proc. SPIE 5046, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials and Composites II, (1 August 2003);

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