An acousto-ultrasonic system for the evaluation of composite materials
Kiernan, Michael T.
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A presentation is given of an acousto-ultrasonic system for the evaluation of composite materials. First, a brief statement will be made on the acousto-ultrasonic technique and its relative worth compared to other nondestructive testing techniques as applied to composite materials. The following two chapters describe the system instrumentation and system software, respectively. Next, comments are given regarding the implementation of the system for research on graphite/epoxy laminates, with additional remarks concerning efforts to evaluate aluminum/graphite tubes with the system. This includes physical descriptions of the composite systems. Subsequently, results are presented comparing parameters and forms of presentation which can be employed to relate results. Finally, conclusions are made on the application of the acousto-ultrasonic system to nondestructive testing of composite materials, with specific results on its application to graphite/epoxy plates. More specifically, comments are made on the variation of SWF factors with azimuthal angle on the graphite/epoxy plates, the identification of specific frequency peaks, and the relationships these may have to certain modes of vibration and material properties. For example, a low frequency mode was found to vary in a manner reminiscent of Ex and to show characteristics of an extensional Lamb wave. In general, results are presented and discussed in order to show how the system can be implemented to gain physical information on composite materials, such as the property of anisotropy.
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