Feasibility and Application on Ultrasonic-Polarized Shear Wave of Fiber Orientation Detection in Orthotropic Composite Laminates
It is very important to detect fiber orientation error in orthotropic composite laminates because the layup of a CFRP (carbon-fiber reinforced plastics) composite laminates affects the properties of the laminate, including stiffness, strength and thermal behavior. In this study, an investigation of shear wave ultrasonic technique was carried out in order to detect stacking orientation error for the orthotropic composite laminates. During testing, the most significant problem is that the couplant conditions do not remain the same because of changing the viscosity of the couplant. Therefore, the design and use of a shear wave transducers would greatly aid in alleviating the couplant problem. A pyramid with an isosceles triangle with two 45o was made of aluminum to generate shear waves using two longitudinal transducers based on ultrasonicpolarized mechanism. Also, the signal splitter was connected to the pulser jack on the pulser/receiver and to the longitudinal transducers which were mounted with mineral oil. The shear transducer was mounted on the bottom as a receiver with burnt honey. It is found that the shear wave was generated at a maximum and a minimum based on the ultrasonic-polarized mechanism. Finally, test results with model data were compared for a fiber orientation of the laminates.
M.H. Aliabadi, Qingfen Li, Li Li and F.-G. Buchholz
J. W. Park et al., "Feasibility and Application on Ultrasonic-Polarized Shear Wave of Fiber Orientation Detection in Orthotropic Composite Laminates", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 324-325, pp. 911-914, 2006