Modelling the Excitation of Guided Waves in Generally Anisotropic Multi-layered Media

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Abstract

The design of transducers to excite and detect guided waves is a fundamental part of a nondestructive evaluation or structural health monitoring system and requires the ability to predict the radiated guided wave field of a transmitting transducer. For most transducers, this can be performed by making the assumption that the transducer is weakly coupled and then integrating the Green's function of the structure over the area of the transducer. The majority of guided wave modeling is based on two-dimensional (2D) formulations where plane, straight-crested waves are modeled. Several techniques can be readily applied to obtain the solution to the forced 2D problem in terms of modal amplitudes. However, for transducer modeling it is desirable to obtain the complete three-dimensional (3D) field, which is particularly challenging in anisotropic materials. In this paper, a technique for obtaining a far-field asymptotic solution to the 3D Green's function in terms of the modal solutions to the forced 2D problem is presented. Results are shown that illustrate the application of the technique to isotropic (aluminium) and anisotropic (cross-ply and unidirectional composite) plates. Where possible, results from the asymptotic model are compared to those from 3D time-marching finite element simulations and good agreement is demonstrated.
Translated title of the contributionModelling the Excitation of Guided Waves in Generally Anisotropic Multi-layered Media
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60 - 69
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume121
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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