Characterization of a Partially Covered AM-MPT and Its Application to Damage Scans of Small Diameter Pipes Based on Analysis of the Beam Directivity of the MHz Lamb Wave

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2717-2730
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Volume67
Issue number12
Online published23 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Abstract

To perform a complete scan of a small-diameter pipe is difficult for two reasons. First, the beam directivity of the Lamb wave within a small-diameter pipe is worse than that within a large-diameter pipe. Second, the circumferential range of the small-diameter pipe is so limited that it can allow less transducer to be attached on its surface. That means the signals from various circumferential positions are difficult to obtain. This paper reports a method that can scan damage within a small-diameter pipe using a partially covered axially magnetized magnetostrictive patch transducer (AM-MPT) around the circumference of a pipe based on analysis of the beam directivity of the MHz Lamb wave. The partially covered AM-MPT was moved around the circumference of a pipe for subsequent measurements to get signals from various circumferential positions. To trigger strong enough MHz Lamb wave, the circumferential coverage of the partially covered AM-MPT was not less than half of the circumference of the pipe, and the greater length-to-width ratio of the magnetostrictive patch was used. The analytical model of beam directivity of the Lamb wave was used to study Lamb wave propagation in the rolled plate. Then the analytical model was modulated to evaluate the damage scan within a small-diameter pipe. The experimental results supported the analytical model through different circumferential coverage of the transducer, and different sizes and axial positions of the damage. The proposed method was proven to have the potential to be applied to damage scans within a small-diameter pipe.

Research Area(s)

  • Defect characterization, wave propagation, transducers, frequency control

Citation Format(s)

Characterization of a Partially Covered AM-MPT and Its Application to Damage Scans of Small Diameter Pipes Based on Analysis of the Beam Directivity of the MHz Lamb Wave. / Fang, Zhou; Tse, Peter W.; Xu, Fan.

In: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, Vol. 67, No. 12, 12.2020, p. 2717-2730.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review