Robustness of a Structural Health Monitoring System under Drop-weight Impact Loading in Composites



Pierre-Claude Ostiguy Kyle R. Mulligan Patrice Masson Saïd Elkoun


In this study, the robustness of a structural health monitoring system is tested on fiber glass composite coupons under impact testing using a drop-weight impact. The composite coupons are fitted with leadzirconate-titanate (PZT) transducers to induce Lamb waves into the specimens. Robustness of the structural health monitoring system is assessed. The electrical admittance defined by the inverse of the impedance is chosen as the robustness metric and is measured using an LCR analyzer prior to, and following an impact event. Detachment of the PZT transducer is monitored through comparison of the measured electrical admittances. An average minimum composite coupon thickness of 7 mm is defined for impacting fiber glass composite coupons with pre-attached PZT transducers. A 1.5 % drop of electrical admittance was observed for that thickness for one impact. The chosen metric is related to the capability of the structural health monitoring system to provide accurate damage detection results following an impact.

How to Cite

Ostiguy, P.-C., R. Mulligan, K., Masson, P., & Elkoun, S. (2010). Robustness of a Structural Health Monitoring System under Drop-weight Impact Loading in Composites. Annual Conference of the PHM Society, 2(1).
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Prognostics Health Monitoring, PZT, Impedance Analyzer, Composite, Fibre Glass, Impact testing methods, PZT resin

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