Damage Assessment in Thin Materials : Finite Element Investigation

University essay from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/Avdelningen för maskinteknik


This thesis describes the process of detection, and if possible, also localization of the damage in non structural sheet-like materials. Simulation and analysis is carried out in ABAQUS with a FE model that has the same dynamic characteristics as the corresponding real material. Three types of damage forms are investigated: crack, hole and local weakness. Results presented in the report show that global damage detection and localization in sheet-like structure by monitoring changes in the modal parameters is possible. Based on the results, this thesis provides a basis for development of global non-destructive health monitoring methods for materials having no bending stiffness.

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