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Acoustic emission wave propagation in honeycomb sandwich panel structures

Abdulaziz, Ahmed H., Hedaya, Mohammed, Elsabbagh, Adel, Holford, Karen ORCID: and McCrory, John 2021. Acoustic emission wave propagation in honeycomb sandwich panel structures. Composite Structures 277 , 114580. 10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.114580

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This paper studies acoustic emission (AE) wave propagation in a glass fibre aluminium honeycomb sandwich panel (HSP). Of particular novelty is the quantification of the through-thickness propagation of AE from one surface of the HSP to the other, which is a real-world monitoring consideration for applications where AE instrumentation is only be permissible on one surface, i.e. aerofoils. Complexity was introduced to the specimens in stages to enable a thorough understanding; first investigating propagation in a large glass fibre laminated plate (GFLP) alone; then in bespoke sandwich specimens with a limited number of honeycomb cells; and, finally, in a large HSP. The results of this paper demonstrate that, whilst some energy is transmitted through the honeycomb core, AE propagating in an HSP becomes bound in the outer plates. Despite this, propagation in these outer plates differs to that in an equivalent plate of the same material in isolation due to the complex interactions with the structural elements of the HSP. Further, propagation of AE transmitted from one surface to the other was quantified for the first time, giving insight into expected attenuation rates and characteristics for practical applications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0263-8223
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 September 2021
Date of Acceptance: 13 August 2021
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 14:32

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