Applications of the Zero‐Group‐Velocity Lamb Mode for Air‐Coupled Ultrasonic Imaging

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2004-07-01
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Song, Junho
Evan, Victoria
Chimenti, Dale
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Holland, Stephen
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Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Aerospace Engineering seeks to instruct the design, analysis, testing, and operation of vehicles which operate in air, water, or space, including studies of aerodynamics, structure mechanics, propulsion, and the like.

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The Department of Aerospace Engineering was organized as the Department of Aeronautical Engineering in 1942. Its name was changed to the Department of Aerospace Engineering in 1961. In 1990, the department absorbed the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics and became the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. In 2003 the name was changed back to the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

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1942-present

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  • Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (1990-2003)

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Airborne ultrasound couples particularly well into plates at the zero‐group‐velocity point of the first order symmetric (S1) Lamb mode. Applications of this mode to ultrasonic imaging of plate‐like structures are discussed. The sensitivity and high Q of this mode makes it ideal for imaging. Images from a wide variety of materials and samples, including composites and honeycomb structures are presented. Transmission at the zero‐group‐velocity frequency is shown to be particularly sensitive to nearby flaws and discontinuities, and is therefore suitable for wide‐area scanning for cracks or manufacturing flaws

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Copyright 2005 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics.

This article appeared in AIP Conference Proceedings, 760 (2005): 970–977 and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1916778.

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