Published: 31 December 2012

Analytical modeling of Lamb wave propagation in composite laminate bonded with piezoelectric actuator based on Mindlin plate theory

Xiaoyue Zhang1
Shenfang Yuan2
Menglong Liu3
Weibo Yang4
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Dynamic analysis of plate structures based on the Mindlin plate theory has become one of the usual modeling methods for the structural health monitoring (SHM) of composite structures in recent years. Compared to the classical plate theory (CPT) based on Kirchhoff hypothesis, the Mindlin plate theory considers the influence of transverse shear deformation and moment of inertia on displacements. Thus it is more suitable for dynamic analysis of composite laminate with low transverse shear stiffness and large transverse shear deformation. Combining the adhesive layer coupling model of the piezoelectric actuator with the Mindlin plate theory, the dispersion curve of Lamb wave in any direction and mechanical parameters of any point in the composite are obtained, and thus after the substitution of boundary condition, the modeling of piezoelectric wafer excited Lamb wave propagating in composite laminate is realized. The validation experiment is performed on a carbon fiber composite laminate. It proves that the analytical modeling effectively reflects the propagation characteristics of Lamb wave in composite laminate and promotes the engineering application of SHM.

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11 August 2012
04 December 2012
31 December 2012
Lamb wave
composite laminate
structural health monitoring
dynamic modeling
Mindlin plate theory
piezoelectric ceramic