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Defect imaging in composite structures

Fromme, P; Endrizzi, M; Olivo, A; (2018) Defect imaging in composite structures. In: Chimenti, DE and Bond, LJ, (eds.) 1. AIP: Provo, UT, USA. Green open access

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Carbon fiber laminate composites offer advantages including a good strength to weight ratio for aerospace structures. However, manufacturing imperfections and impact during the operation and servicing of the aircraft can lead to barely visible and difficult to detect damage. Incorrect ply lay-up during the manufacturing process can result in fiber misalignment or in-plane and out-of-plane waviness. Impact, such as bird strike, during the service life can lead to delamination and cracking, reducing the load carrying capacity of the structure. Both ultrasonic and X-ray techniques have a good track record for the nondestructive testing of composite structures; for the latter, phase-based approaches provide additional advantages due to their enhanced sensitivity. Bulk and guided ultrasonic waves propagating in the composite panel were employed for defect imaging. Ultrasonic immersion C-scans of a composite panel with barely visible impact damage were taken to characterize the size and shape of damage (delamination). The first antisymmetric A 0 Lamb wave mode was excited experimentally using piezoelectric transducers and measured using a laser vibrometer. X-ray phase-contrast and dark field imaging, implemented through the edge-illumination (EI) approach, were used for the detailed visualization of the damages in the composite material. The Edge-illumination approach is multi-modal and provides three representations of the sample: absorption, differential phase and dark-field. The latter is of particular interest to detect cracks and voids of dimensions that are smaller than the actual spatial resolution of the imaging system. Application examples for carbon fiber composite plates with barely visible impact damage are shown.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Defect imaging in composite structures
Event: 44th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation
ISBN-13: 9780735416444
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1063/1.5031599
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5031599
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Educational assessment, Birds, Ultrasonics, X-rays, Lamb waves, Dark field microscopy, Composite materials, Ultrasound, Vibrometer, Aircraft
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048742
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