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Modeling the propagation of ultrasonic waves in the interface region between two bonded elements

: Delsanto, P.; Hirsekorn, S.; Aostini, V.; Loparco, R.; Koka, A.


Ultrasonics 40 (2002), No.1-8, pp.605-610
ISSN: 0041-624X
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IZFP ()
adhesion; binding force; numerical simulation; Nonlinear ultrasound; higher harmonics

An important task in nondestructive materials evaluation is the development of techniques to characterize the bond quality of adherent joints. Binding forces are nonlinear and cause a nonlinear modulation of transmitted and reflected ultrasonic waves. As a consequence, the higher harmonics generated by an insonified monochromatic wave give information about the adhesive bondes. The local binding forces in thin bonded interfaces can be obtained by the amplitudes of the ultrasonic waves of the insonified frequency and its higher harmonics as transmitted through the interface. Additional phase measurements may enable one to obtain the evaluation of the full hysteretic cycle of the interaction force. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the interface region and to improve the technique, numerical simulations of the ultrasonic wave propagation through specimens of two bonded elements can be used. A simple model based on the local interaction simulation approach (LISA) is described in this contribution, and a comparison between the results of the simulations and the experimental data is presented. Besids its intrinsic relevance for NDE, the problem considered in this paper may be very useful to analyze and test models ofr the simulation of ultrasonic wave propagation in nonclassical nonlinear mesoscopic elastic materials.