A global-local damage localization and quantification approach in composite structures using ultrasonic guided waves and active infrared thermography

Kaleeswaran Balasubramaniam, Shirsendu Sikdar, Dominika Ziaja, Michał Jurek, Rohan Soman, Paweł Malinowski

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The paper emphasizes an effective quantification of hidden damage in composite structures using ultrasonic guided wave (GW) propagation-based structural health monitoring (SHM) and an artificial neural network (ANN) based active infrared thermography (IRT) analysis. In recent years, there has been increased interest in using a global-local approach for damage localization purposes. The global approach is mainly used in identifying the damage, while the local approach is quantifying. This paper presents a proof-of-study to use such a global-local approach in damage localization and quantification. The main novelties in this paper are the implementation of an improved SHM GW algorithm to localize the damages, a new pixel-based confusion matrix to quantify the size of the damage threshold, and a newly developed IRT-ANN algorithm to validate the damage quantification. From the SHM methodology, it is realized that only three sensors are sufficient to localize the damage, and an ANN- IRT imaging algorithm with only five hidden neurons in quantifying the damage. The robust SHM methods effectively identified, localized, and quantified the different damage dimensions against the non-destructive testing-IRT method in different composite structures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035016
Number of pages20
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number3
Early online date3 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

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