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    ABSTRACT: A method is introduced by which the complete state of residual stress in an elastic body may be inferred from a limited set of experimental measurements. Two techniques for carrying out this reconstruction using finite element analysis are compared and it is shown that for exact reconstruction of the stress field via this method, the stress field must be measured over all eigenstrain-containing regions of the object. The effects of error and incompleteness in the measured part of the stress field on the subsequent analysis are investigated in a series of numerical experiments using synthetic measurement data based on the NeT TG1 round-robin weld specimen. It is hence shown that accurate residual stress field reconstruction is possible using measurement data of a quality achievable using current experimental techniques.
    International Journal of Solids and Structures 01/2014; 51(10):1980–1990.
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    ABSTRACT: This one-dimensional time-domain finite-element model achieves accurate quantitative modelling of ultrasonic wave propagation in multi-layered structures. First, a sinusoidal wave toneburst is sent into a single layer of material exhibiting inherent material nonlinearity characterised by the nonlinear parameter β and thick enough for the toneburst received in through transmission to be resolved. The signal processing protocol that yields the theoretically correct quantitative value of β involves measuring the received toneburst for several propagation distances as well as the use of scaling factors taking into account the fast Fourier transform implementation, input signal windowing and material damping. Using that model configuration, model parameters (element size, time step, frequency step, input pressure, etc.) are then optimised and chosen quantitatively to generate accurate results. Finally, these model parameters are used for cases of interest where the configuration is not such that the exact β value can be obtained – e.g. thinner sample, pulse-echo etc. but where confidence in the results remains. This quantitative model that can be used for multi-layered structures provides a tangible resource useful to NDE engineers: a new prediction tool expected to enable them to choose the experimental set-up, driving frequency and post-processing method that would optimise kissing bond detection capability.
    NDT & E International. 01/2014; 61:45–52.
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    ABSTRACT: Conventional SHM systems typically rely on permanently attached sensor networks glued on to a structure. These add complexity and weight through either a wiring requirement or the use of wireless sensing nodes. This paper reports on an alternative approach whereby the wire between transducer and ultrasonic equipment is replaced by an inductive coupling. This allows a passive small sensor unit to be embedded into a composite component. Here a model is presented to describe the performance and optimization of such a coupling. The resulting sensors are embedded in a CFRP component and shown to exhibit excellent performance. Signal processing to account for the effects of misalignment is described. Finally, the ability of such a system to detect typical impact damage is demonstrated.
    The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 11/2013; 134(5):4131.
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    ABSTRACT: Harmonic generation measurements typically make use of the plane wave result when extracting values for the nonlinearity parameter, β, from experimental measurements. This approach, however, ignores the effects of diffraction, attenuation, and receiver integration which are common features in a typical experiment. Our aim is to determine the importance of these effects when making measurements of β over different sample dimensions, or using different input frequencies. We describe a three-dimensional numerical model designed to accurately predict the results of a typical experiment, based on a quasi-linear assumption. An experiment is designed to measure the axial variation of the fundamental and second harmonic amplitude components in an ultrasonic beam, and the results are compared with those predicted by the model. The absolute β values are then extracted from the experimental data using both the simulation and the standard plane wave result. A difference is observed between the values returned by the two methods, which varies with axial range and input frequency.
    Ultrasonics 06/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: The paper examines the transient melting rates of ice slurries being pumped through pipes whose walls are initially warmer than the freezing temperature of the slurry. The application for this work is the new innovative pipe cleaning method known as ice pigging. Ice pigging consists of introducing a length of ice slurry consisting of small ice crystals in a fluid matrix of water and a freezing point depressant into a pipe. The ice slurry forms a semi-solid plug whose temperature is at the freezing temperature of ice at the prevailing operating conditions. The plug cools the pipe walls, which in turn results in some phase change within the slurry. The plug is propelled along the pipe by a pressurised fluid introduced behind the plug. This results in the pipe walls being exposed to large time-varying temperature changes, with the front of the plug receiving the greatest heat flux. The purpose of undertaking ice pigging is to clean the pipe walls with the high shear at between the walls and the semi-solid slurry.Analytical transient conduction theory is adopted to estimate the energy removed from the pipe wall as a result of the passing ice pig. This is used to develop equations predicting the amount of phase change occurring in the pig and hence estimate the distance it can travel before it has melted. The resultant model enables ice pig users to estimate how much ice slurry is required to undertake successfully a specific ice pigging task.
    Applied Thermal Engineering 01/2013; 50(1):743–748.
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    ABSTRACT: Structural integrity assessments of pressurised pipes include plastic collapse as a potential failure mode. This paper uses analytical and numerical models to explore the effect of the end conditions of the pipe on the collapse pressure. The pipe is open-ended and two bounding conditions are addressed: one where axial loading is applied to the ends of the pipe and the other where a fixed axial displacement is applied. The fixed axial displacement condition represents long-range or fit-up residual stress. It is common practice to treat long-range residual stress in the same way as axial loading, leading to the conclusion that such long-range residual stress reduces the collapse pressure. Pipes in a number of states are considered: pipes with no flaws, pipes with fully circumferential flaws and pipes with part circumferential flaws. The flaws consist of either a crack or a slot on the external surface of the pipe. For the axial load condition, the collapse pressure for a flawed pipe is reduced when higher magnitudes of tensile or compressive axial loads are applied. For the fixed displacement condition however, the magnitude of the displacement may have little or no effect on the collapse pressure. The results of the work indicate that substantially conservative assessments may be made of the collapse pressures of pipes containing flaws, when long-range residual stress is taken to be a form of axial loading.
    International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping 01/2013; s 111–112:54–62.
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    ABSTRACT: Attention is focused on the propagation of antiplane coherent wave obliquely incident on mutually parallel and randomly distributed cracks. A fundamental question in this study concerns the ability of describing the coherent wave propagation in all directions from the knowledge of the effective material properties along the effective principal directions, only. Its relevance is illustrated by considering two cases of coherent wave propagation: homogeneous and inhomogeneous waves. For both cases, the effective phase slownesses approximated from the dispersion equation specific for orthotropic homogeneous media are compared to reference results obtained from a direct calculation considering waves obliquely incident on cracks. This work reveals that the effective stiffnesses of this dispersion equation have to be dependent on the propagation direction of the incident wave in order to make this equation consistent.
    The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 01/2013; 133(1):17-24.
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    ABSTRACT: A novel robust adaptive control algorithm is proposed and implemented in real-time on two degrees-of-freedom (DOF) of the humanoid Bristol-Elumotion-Robotic-Torso II (BERT II) arm in joint-space. In addition to having a significant robustness property for the tracking, the algorithm also features a sliding-mode term based adaptive law that captures directly the parameter estimation error. An auxiliary filtered regression vector and filtered computed torque is introduced. This allows the definition of another auxiliary matrix, a filtered regression matrix, which facilitates the introduction of a sliding mode term into the adaptation law. Parameter error convergence to zero can be guaranteed within finite-time with a Persistent-Excitation (PE) condition or Sufficient Richness condition for the demand. The proposed scheme also exhibits robustness both in the tracking and parameter estimation errors to any bounded additive disturbance. This theoretical result is then exemplified for the BERT II robot arm in simulation and for experiments.
    Robotics and Autonomous Systems 01/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: A feasibility study of a circular ultrasonic array device for acoustic particle manipulation is presented. A general approach based on Green's function is developed to analyse the underlying properties of a circular acoustic array. It allows the size of a controllable device area as a function of the number of array elements to be established and the array excitation required to produce a desired field distribution to be determined. A set of quantitative parameters characterizing the complexity of the pressure landscape is suggested, and relation to the number of array elements is found. Next, a finite-element model of a physically realizable circular piezo-acoustic array device is employed to demonstrate that the trapping capability can be achieved in practice.
    Proceedings of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences 11/2012; 468(2147):3571-3586.
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