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Title: Acousto-ultrasonics-based fatigue damage characterization : linear versus nonlinear signal features
Authors: Su, Z 
Zhou, C
Hong, M
Cheng, L 
Wang, Q
Qing, X
Keywords: Acousto-ultrasonics
Fatigue damage characterization
Linear signal features
Nonlinear signal features
Piezoelectric sensor network
Structural health monitoring
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Academic Press
Source: Mechanical systems and signal processing, 2014, v. 45, no. 1, p. 225-239 How to cite?
Journal: Mechanical systems and signal processing 
Abstract: Engineering structures are prone to fatigue damage over service lifespan, entailing early detection and continuous monitoring of the fatigue damage from its initiation through growth. A hybrid approach for characterizing fatigue damage was developed, using two genres of damage indices constructed based on the linear and the nonlinear features of acousto-ultrasonic waves. The feasibility, precision and practicability of using linear and nonlinear signal features, for quantitatively evaluating multiple barely visible fatigue cracks in a metallic structure, was compared. Miniaturized piezoelectric elements were networked to actively generate and acquire acousto-ultrasonic waves. The active sensing, in conjunction with a diagnostic imaging algorithm, enabled quantitative evaluation of fatigue damage and facilitated embeddable health monitoring. Results unveiled that the nonlinear features of acousto-ultrasonic waves outperform their linear counterparts in terms of the detectability. Despite the deficiency in perceiving small-scale damage and the possibility of conveying false alarms, linear features show advantages in noise tolerance and therefore superior practicability. The comparison has consequently motivated an amalgamation of linear and nonlinear features of acousto-ultrasonic waves, targeting the prediction of multi-scale damage ranging from microscopic fatigue cracks to macroscopic gross damage.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18924
ISSN: 0888-3270
EISSN: 1096-1216
DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2013.10.017
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