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Accurate structural identification for layered composite structures, through a wave and finite element scheme

Chronopoulos, Dimitrios; Droz, C.; Apalowo, R.; Ichchou, M.; Yan, W.J.


Dimitrios Chronopoulos

C. Droz

R. Apalowo

M. Ichchou

W.J. Yan


We present for the first time an approach for identifying the geometric and material characteristics of layered composite structures through an inverse wave and finite element approach. More specifically, this Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) approach is able to recover the thickness, density, as well as all independent mechanical characteristics such as the tensile and shear moduli for each layer of the composite structure under investigation. This is achieved through multi-frequency single shot measurements. It is emphasized that the success of the approach is independent of the employed excitation frequency regime, meaning that both structural dynamics and ultrasound frequency spectra can be employed. It is demonstrated that more efficient convergence of the identification process is attained closer to the bending-to-shear transition range of the layered structure. Since a full FE description is employed for the periodic composite, the presented approach is able to account for structures of arbitrary complexity. The procedure is applied to a sandwich panel with composite facesheets and results are compared with two wave-based characterization techniques: the Inhomogeneous Wave Correlation method and the Transition Frequency Characterization method. Numerical simulations and experimental results are presented to verify the robustness of the proposed method.


Chronopoulos, D., Droz, C., Apalowo, R., Ichchou, M., & Yan, W. (2017). Accurate structural identification for layered composite structures, through a wave and finite element scheme. Composite Structures, 182,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2017
Online Publication Date Sep 22, 2017
Publication Date Dec 18, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 23, 2018
Journal Composite Structures
Print ISSN 0263-8223
Electronic ISSN 1879-1085
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 182
Keywords Structural identification; Non-destructive evaluation; Finite elements; Wave propagation; Layered structures; Ultrasound
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