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Real-Time Impact Visualization Inspection of Aerospace Composite Structures with Distributed Sensors.

Si L, Baier H - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: With regard to the verification of the practicality of the proposed IVI technique, various structure configurations are considered, which are a normal CFRP panel and another CFRP panel with "orange peel" surfaces and a cutout hole.The accuracy of the predictions for unknown impact events on composite structures using the IVI technique is validated under various structure configurations and under changing environmental conditions.Furthermore, it is concluded that the IVI technique is applicable for impact monitoring, diagnosis and assessment of aerospace composite structures in complex practical engineering environments.

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Affiliation: Institute of Lightweight Structures, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, Garching 85748, Germany. l.si@tum.de.

ABSTRACT
For the future design of smart aerospace structures, the development and application of a reliable, real-time and automatic monitoring and diagnostic technique is essential. Thus, with distributed sensor networks, a real-time automatic structural health monitoring (SHM) technique is designed and investigated to monitor and predict the locations and force magnitudes of unforeseen foreign impacts on composite structures and to estimate in real time mode the structural state when impacts occur. The proposed smart impact visualization inspection (IVI) technique mainly consists of five functional modules, which are the signal data preprocessing (SDP), the forward model generator (FMG), the impact positioning calculator (IPC), the inverse model operator (IMO) and structural state estimator (SSE). With regard to the verification of the practicality of the proposed IVI technique, various structure configurations are considered, which are a normal CFRP panel and another CFRP panel with "orange peel" surfaces and a cutout hole. Additionally, since robustness against several background disturbances is also an essential criterion for practical engineering demands, investigations and experimental tests are carried out under random vibration interfering noise (RVIN) conditions. The accuracy of the predictions for unknown impact events on composite structures using the IVI technique is validated under various structure configurations and under changing environmental conditions. The evaluated errors all fall well within a satisfactory limit range. Furthermore, it is concluded that the IVI technique is applicable for impact monitoring, diagnosis and assessment of aerospace composite structures in complex practical engineering environments.

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Mentions: The two specimens were used to verify the established adaptive forward models, to assess impact location estimations, and to evaluate the applicability of the IVI technique due to the diversifications of composite materials, structure configurations, the types of impactors and environmental conditions, for example, random interfering noises. Meanwhile, Specimens 1 and 2 were fixed on one side and the other side was free, built as cantilever structures. Here, only the structure configuration for Specimen 1 is presented in Figure 9.


Real-Time Impact Visualization Inspection of Aerospace Composite Structures with Distributed Sensors.

Si L, Baier H - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Boundary and environmental conditions for Specimen 1.
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sensors-15-16536-f009: Boundary and environmental conditions for Specimen 1.
Mentions: The two specimens were used to verify the established adaptive forward models, to assess impact location estimations, and to evaluate the applicability of the IVI technique due to the diversifications of composite materials, structure configurations, the types of impactors and environmental conditions, for example, random interfering noises. Meanwhile, Specimens 1 and 2 were fixed on one side and the other side was free, built as cantilever structures. Here, only the structure configuration for Specimen 1 is presented in Figure 9.

Bottom Line: With regard to the verification of the practicality of the proposed IVI technique, various structure configurations are considered, which are a normal CFRP panel and another CFRP panel with "orange peel" surfaces and a cutout hole.The accuracy of the predictions for unknown impact events on composite structures using the IVI technique is validated under various structure configurations and under changing environmental conditions.Furthermore, it is concluded that the IVI technique is applicable for impact monitoring, diagnosis and assessment of aerospace composite structures in complex practical engineering environments.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Lightweight Structures, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 15, Garching 85748, Germany. l.si@tum.de.

ABSTRACT
For the future design of smart aerospace structures, the development and application of a reliable, real-time and automatic monitoring and diagnostic technique is essential. Thus, with distributed sensor networks, a real-time automatic structural health monitoring (SHM) technique is designed and investigated to monitor and predict the locations and force magnitudes of unforeseen foreign impacts on composite structures and to estimate in real time mode the structural state when impacts occur. The proposed smart impact visualization inspection (IVI) technique mainly consists of five functional modules, which are the signal data preprocessing (SDP), the forward model generator (FMG), the impact positioning calculator (IPC), the inverse model operator (IMO) and structural state estimator (SSE). With regard to the verification of the practicality of the proposed IVI technique, various structure configurations are considered, which are a normal CFRP panel and another CFRP panel with "orange peel" surfaces and a cutout hole. Additionally, since robustness against several background disturbances is also an essential criterion for practical engineering demands, investigations and experimental tests are carried out under random vibration interfering noise (RVIN) conditions. The accuracy of the predictions for unknown impact events on composite structures using the IVI technique is validated under various structure configurations and under changing environmental conditions. The evaluated errors all fall well within a satisfactory limit range. Furthermore, it is concluded that the IVI technique is applicable for impact monitoring, diagnosis and assessment of aerospace composite structures in complex practical engineering environments.

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