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Multi-Scale Embedded Sensing for Damage Identification

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Michel Studer, Kara Peters

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Paper No. IMECE2002-33947, pp. 315-323; 9 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3625-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper presents an efficient technique to uniquely identify damage through the creation of a multi-scale map of material deformations and behavior within a representative volume element (RVE) of the host structure. Optimally distributed, embedded fiber optic sensors provide strain, strain gradient, and integrated strain fields throughout the RVE. As a demonstration, an isotropic, homogeneous RVE is modeled instrumented with an evenly spaced grid of sensing elements. The multi-scale damage identification technique and an equivalent single-scale method are evaluated on the basis of damage detection and identification. A large number of induced, stochastic damage cases are analyzed, generated by introducing a crack defined by three random variables: center location, length, and orientation angle. The multi-scale sensing capability is shown to provide a higher quality strain map of the RVE from the distributed sensors, resulting in significantly improved damage identification.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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