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Title: Theoretical and experimental studies on the electric impedance of active piezoelectric sensors bonded on cracked beams
Authors: Kuang, YD
Shi, SQ 
Chan, PKL
He, XQ
Chen, CY
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Source: Smart Materials and Structures, 2010, v. 19, no. 4, 45021 How to cite?
Journal: Smart materials and structures 
Abstract: The electric impedance of symmetrically surface-bonded piezoelectric sensors on a cracked beam is studied. To investigate the effect of the crack on the electric impedance in a convenient fashion, an analytical expression is derived that is correlated to the physical parameters of the crack and the host beam. The beam segment covered with piezoelectric patches and the cracked region are regarded as a bimorph segment and an equivalent spring, respectively, and the entire beam system is then represented by three elastic beam segments and a bimorph segment together with the spring. Electric impedance experiments are also conducted for uncracked beams and for cracked beams with single-edge or double-edge cracks. The experimental results agree with those generated by the analytical expression. The crack depth has little effect on the corresponding mode frequency for cracks located at the mode node of a beam. For cracks located away from the mode node, the corresponding mode frequency decreases as the crack depth increases. Moreover, the closer the crack to the anti-node of the mode, the greater the decrease in the corresponding mode frequency. The mechanism of these changes is discussed. The findings should prove helpful for structural health monitoring using active piezoelectric sensors.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/15649
ISSN: 0964-1726
EISSN: 1361-665X
DOI: 10.1088/0964-1726/19/4/045021
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