Evaluation of Delaminations in Aluminium Honeycomb Structures Using the Mechanical Impedance Technique PUBLIC ACCESS

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Brian Stephen Wong

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Cheng Guan Tui

Republic of Singapore Airforce, Singapore

Paper No. 97-AA-069, pp. V001T13A045; 8 pages
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • Singapore, September 30–October 2, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7867-5
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


This paper describes an evaluation of the capability of a mechanical impedance instrument, for detecting delamination defects in aluminium honeycomb structures. The resonant frequency was found to decrease as the centre of a defect was approached. The defects have been found to be accurately represented by a model for a vibrating plate, which is rigidly clamped at its edges. It was also possible to use resonant frequency to determine the size of the defects in the specimens used in this paper. An irregularly shaped defect showed that the rate of drop in resonant frequency across an extremity of the defect was affected by the radius at the extremity and the proximity to the main central area of the defect. An important result was that an ellipsoidal shaped defect would be sized as a circular defect of diameter equal to the minor diameter of the ellipse. Also a boron skinned honeycomb was found to behave similarly to a glass fibre skinned honeycomb.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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