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9 March 2014 Estimation of fatigue damage parameters using guided wave technique
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In the present work we have considered the problem of monitoring a fatigue crack growth in a thin plate specimen. The problem is first solved analytically by modeling the structure with a cyclic plastic zone around the crack. The damaged region is modeled as a visco-elastic zone and other regions are modeled as elastic zones. Using the one-dimensional guided wave model, the reflected and transmitted energies of the guided waves from the fatigue crack and plastic zone are studied. Experimental study of the reflected and transmitted energies is done using guided waves generated and received by piezoelectric wafers. The reflected and transmitted energies are derived at various cycles of fatigue loading till the failure of the structure. Validation of the results from the analytical model is done by comparing the results obtained from the experiments. The reflected and transmitted energy is related to the size of crack size or the magnitude of loading. Using crack size and the nature of loading, a method is proposed to estimate the fatigue life using fracture mechanics approach.
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V. T. Rathod and D. Roy Mahapatra "Estimation of fatigue damage parameters using guided wave technique", Proc. SPIE 9064, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2014, 90642B (9 March 2014);

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