Non-contact ultrasonic inspection of impact damage in composite laminates by visualization of Lamb wave propagation

Nobuyuki Toyama, Jiaxing Ye, Wataru Kokuyama, Shigeki Yashiro

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This study demonstrates a rapid non-contact ultrasonic inspection technique by visualization of Lamb wave propagation for detecting impact damage in carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates. We have developed an optimized laser ultrasonic imaging system, which consists of a rapid pulsed laser scanning unit for ultrasonic generation and a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) unit for ultrasonic reception. CFRP laminates were subjected to low-velocity impact to introduce barely visible impact damage. In order to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the detected ultrasonic signal, retroreflective tape and a signal averaging process were used. We thus successfully visualized the propagation of the pulsed Lamb A0 mode in the CFRP laminates without contact. Interactions between the Lamb waves and impact damage were clearly observed and the damage was easily detected through the change in wave propagation. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the damage could be rapidly detected without signal averaging. This method has significant advantages in detecting damage compared to the conventional method using a contact resonant ultrasonic transducer due to the absence of the ringing phenomenon when using the LDV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number46
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 24 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation
  • General Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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