The use of ultrasonic guided waves for the inspection of square tube structures : Dispersion analysis and numerical and experimental studies

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

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Author(s)

  • Meiru Liu
  • Xuhui Zhang
  • Hongwei Fan
  • Ming Dong
  • Xing Wang
  • Huanhuan Wei
  • Cuihua Xu
  • Hongwei Ma

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58–73
Journal / PublicationStructural Health Monitoring
Volume20
Issue number1
Online published27 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Abstract

Square steel tubes have been widely used in buildings and machines in civil engineering. The inspection of square tubes is becoming increasingly urgent and important to ensure the safety of these buildings and machines. However, the current most frequently used traditional ultrasonic inspection method is time-consuming and inefficient when dealing with long square tubes. There is an urgent need to develop an efficient approach to inspect square tubes. In this article, the use of ultrasonic guided waves is proposed. Phase and group velocity dispersion curves of square tube structures are first derived using the semi-analytical finite element method. An appropriate guided wave mode used for inspecting square tubes is selected. Ultrasonic guided waves propagating in normal, in-plane surface-damaged, and edge-damaged square tubes are numerically studied. It is illustrated that the monitoring points are able to receive reflected wave signals from both the in-plane surface and the edge damages. Experimental studies are also conducted to study ultrasonic guided waves interacting with circular through-hole damages located in surfaces and slot damages at edges. It is shown that both the circular through-hole damages located in different surfaces and slot damages at different edges can be clearly detected by reflected guided wave packets. It is found that the signal-to-noise ratios have been significantly improved after applying impedance matching to piezoelectric wafer transducers. The results have shown that ultrasonic guided waves are a promising and effective method for the inspection of square tubes.

Research Area(s)

  • detection of damages, impedance matching, piezoelectric transducers, semi-analytical finite element method, square tubes, structural health monitoring, Ultrasonic guided waves

Citation Format(s)

The use of ultrasonic guided waves for the inspection of square tube structures : Dispersion analysis and numerical and experimental studies. / Wan, Xiang; Liu, Meiru; Zhang, Xuhui; Fan, Hongwei; Tse, Peter W; Dong, Ming; Wang, Xing; Wei, Huanhuan; Xu, Cuihua; Ma, Hongwei.

In: Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 20, No. 1, 01.2021, p. 58–73.

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