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Improved acoustic emission source location during fatigue and impact events in metallic and composite structures

Pearson, Matthew R. ORCID:, Eaton, Mark ORCID:, Featherston, Carol ORCID:, Pullin, Rhys ORCID: and Holford, Karen ORCID: 2017. Improved acoustic emission source location during fatigue and impact events in metallic and composite structures. Structural Health Monitoring 16 (4) , pp. 382-399. 10.1177/1475921716672206

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In order to overcome the difficulties in applying traditional Time-Of Arrival (TOA) techniques for locating Acoustic Emission (AE) events in complex structures and materials, a technique termed “delta-t mapping” was developed. This paper presents a significant improvement on this, in which the difficulties in identifying the precise arrival time of an AE signal are addressed by incorporating the Akaike Information Criteria (AIC). The performance of the TOA, the delta-t mapping and the AIC delta-t mapping techniques is assessed by locating artificial AE sources, fatigue damage and impact events in aluminium and composite materials respectively. For all investigations conducted the improved AIC delta-t technique shows a reduction in average Euclidean source location error irrespective of material or source type. For locating H-N sources on a complex aluminium specimen the average source location error (Euclidean) is 32.6, (TOA), 5.8 (delta-t) and 3mm (AIC delta-t). For locating fatigue damage on the same specimen the average error is 20.2, (TOA), 4.2 (delta-t) and 3.4mm (AIC delta-t). For locating H-N sources on a composite panel the average error is 19.3, (TOA), 18.9 (delta-t) and 4.2mm (AIC delta-t). Finally the AIC delta-t mapping technique had the lowest average error (3.3mm) when locating impact events when compared with the delta-t (18.9mm) and TOA (124.7mm) techniques. Overall the AIC delta-t mapping technique is the only technique which demonstrates consistently the lowest average source location error (greatest average error 4.2mm) when compared with the delta-t (greatest average error 18.9mm) and TOA (greatest average error 124.7mm) techniques. These results demonstrate that the AIC delta-t mapping technique is a viable option for AE source location, increasing the accuracy and likelihood of damage detection, irrespective of material, geometry and source type.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1475-9217
Funders: Innovate UK
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 8 September 2016
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 06:16

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