Monitoring Vibrating Structures Using PZT Impedance Transducers
Electromechanical impedance (EMI) technique using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) transducers has been increasingly applied to structural health monitoring (SHM) of aerospace, civil and mechanical structures. The PZT transducers are usually surface bonded to or embedded in a structure and subjected to actuation so as to interrogate the structure at the desired frequency range. The interrogation results in the electromechanical admittance (inverse of EMI) signatures which can be used to estimate the structural health or integrity according to the changes of the signatures. In the existing EMI method, the monitored structure is only excited by the PZT transducers for the interrogating of EMI signature, while the vibration of the structure caused by the external excitations other than the PZT actuation is not considered. However, in real situation many structures work under vibrations. To monitor such structures, issues related to the effects of vibration on the EMI signature need to be addressed because these effects may lead to misinterpretation of the structural health. This paper develops an EMI model for beam structures, which takes into account the effect of beam vibration caused by the external excitations. An experimental study is carried out to verify the theoretical model. A Lab sized specimen with external excitation is tested and the effect of excitation on EMI signature is discussed.
Alan K.T. Lau, J. Lu, Vijay K. Varadan, F.K. Chang, J.P. Tu and P.M. Lam
A. W. Miao and Y. W. Yang, "Monitoring Vibrating Structures Using PZT Impedance Transducers", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 47-50, pp. 85-88, 2008