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Type: Conference paper
Title: Monitoring of crack propagation using a cluster of piezo-sensors
Author: Wildy, S.
Lee, C.
Yong, S.
Citation: Proceedings of the 5th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM 2007) / Martin Veidt ... [et al.] (eds.):pp.366-371
Publisher: Engineers Australia
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2007
ISBN: 0858258625
Conference Name: Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (5th : 2007 : Brisbane, Australia)
Editor: Martin Veidt
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Stuart Wildy, Cian Lee and Shi Yong
Abstract: This paper describes the investigation of a probabilistic method for crack propagation monitoring in plate- or shell-like structures, which utilizes a cluster of passive piezoelectric sensors. The method allows for the determination of the crack tip location and stress intensity factor (SIF) of a relatively long crack in the vicinity of the cluster, with predetermined or specified accuracy of monitoring. An analytical deterministic model for the response of a piezo-sensor located in the vicinity of a crack tip was developed, based on previously published work. Probabilistic characteristics of the piezo-sensor response were obtained experimentally for a wide range of loading conditions. The analysis is derived from a solution of the inverse problem for the cluster and Monte-Carlo simulations utilising the experimentally obtained probabilistic characteristics of the piezo-sensor response. If the crack path can be identified beforehand, then the analysis provides the optimal cluster design for monitoring the crack extension with a required accuracy. Also, a series of clusters can be used to monitor large crack advances.
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