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8 April 2009 Elastic wave propagation in hexagonal honeycomb sandwich composite by using piezoelectric actuators/sensors
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Honeycomb composite structures have been widely used in aerospace and aeronautic industries due to their unique characteristics. Due to the complex nature of honeycomb composite with the celled core, structural health monitoring (SHM) of honeycomb composite panels inherently imposes many challenges, which requires a detailed knowledge of dynamic elastic responses of such complex structures in a broad frequency domain. This paper gives numerical and experimental analyses of elastic wave propagation phenomena in sandwich panels with a honeycomb core, especially when the frequency domain of interest is relative high. Numerical simulation based on the Finite Element (FE) method is first performed to investigate wave generation and reception using piezoelectric actuators/sensors. The effectiveness of homogenized core model is discussed, compared with the dynamic responses based on honeycomb celled core model. The reliability of the simulated wave will be verified with the experimental results. Specific attention will be paid on core effects on group wave velocity. This research will establish a solid theoretical foundation for the future study of the structural health monitoring in the composites.
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G. L. Huang, F. Song, and J. Kim "Elastic wave propagation in hexagonal honeycomb sandwich composite by using piezoelectric actuators/sensors", Proc. SPIE 7295, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2009, 729510 (8 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.823823;

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