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Ultrasonic pulse propagation in a bonded three-layered structure

AuthorsSan Emeterio, José Luis; Ramos, Antonio; Pardo, Emilia ; Leite, J. C. B.; Álvarez, J. Miguel; Pérez Trigo, C.
KeywordsBonded layers
Three-layer composite structures
Ultrasonic pulse propagation
Acoustic impedance mismatch
Layer interfaces
Issue DateJul-2008
PublisherSociété française d'acoustique
Acoustical Society of America
European Acoustics Association
CitationAcoustics '08 Paris Proceedings (p. 4639-4644). Physical Acoustics (PA) ; Session: PA00/2 - Ultrasonics: NDT and Layered Systems [Poster session]
AbstractBonded layers are used in the assembly of many critical functional parts of industrial equipment. In this work, ultrasonic pulse propagation in a steel-rubber-rubber bonded composite structure is investigated by means of computer simulation and pulse echo experimental evaluation. Ultrasonic pulse propagation is modelled using a 2D time domain finite-difference software. For the experimental measurements, two test samples were fabricated by bonding a thin layer of steel and two thin layers of rubber, including debonded areas at marked regions of each interface. Several ultrasonic traces were acquired by contact pulse-echo testing, using a 5 MHz wideband transducer, from the external steel surface. The large acoustic impedance mismatch existing between steel and rubber layers makes that only a very small part of the ultrasonic energy is transmitted through the first (steel-rubber)interface. The high attenuation in rubber materials and the possible overlapping of multiple echoes are additional characteristics of the complex ultrasonic pulse propagation in this flat structure. Some differences in time and frequency domains, between the received signals from normal bonded areas and completely debonded areas are discussed, looking for defect detection at the first (steel-rubber) and second (rubber-rubber) interfaces.
Description6 pages, 6 figures.-- Communication presented at: Acoustics '08 (Paris, France, June 29-July 4, 2008), comprising: 5th Forum Acusticum, 155th ASA Meeting, 9e Congrès Français d'Acoustique, 7th European Conference on Noise Control (Euronoise), 9th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics (ECUA).-- Book of abstracts published in Vol. 94 Suppl.1: S1-S1020 (May/June 2008) of Acta Acustica united with Acustica: The Journal of the European Acoustics Association (ISSN 1610-1928).
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