The propagation of scattering Lamb wave in plate was simulated using transient dynamic analysis in ANSYS. In order to extract the characteristic information of received signal for damage identification, the short time Fourier transform based on time-frequency analysis was utilized, and then the energy distribution and envelop of received signal were obtained. Based on the displacement contour of simulation and energy distribution, the propagation of scattering wave in plate with a through hole was examined. Also, a mathematic relationship between damage location and scattering signal was developed, with the help of wave propagation path through actuator, damage and sensor. A nonlinear optimization method was applied on the mathematic relationship to obtain the damage location. The damage identification method using scattering Lamb wave was therefore established.