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Integrity Diagnosis Method of Bolted Joint Based on Time Fluctuation of Reflection Intensity Caused by Nonlinear Wave Modulation

[+] Author Affiliations
Takashi Tanaka, Arata Masuda, Akira Sone

Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan

Paper No. DETC2014-34879, pp. V008T11A002; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 8: 26th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4641-4
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This study presents the integrity diagnosis method of the bolted joint based on nonlinear wave modulation. When the structure that has the contact interface is vibrating at low-frequency, the contact interface is tapping and clapping due to low-frequency vibration. In this condition, the scatter characteristics, such as wave transmissivity and reflectivity, of high-frequency waves in vicinity of the contact interface are fluctuated in synchronization with low-frequency excitation because of the contact acoustic nonlinearity. The time fluctuation of reflection intensity, which expresses the reflectivity in the specific location, of high-frequency waves at the contact interface is given as the reflection intensity map which plots time-spatial map. In this paper, experiment using the beam specimen which has single bolted joint is conducted to examine the performance of the evaluation index based on the fluctuation amplitude of reflection intensity.

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