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Analytical methods for modeling of ultrasonic nondestructive testing of anisotropic media

: Spies, M.


Ultrasonics 42 (2004), Nr.1-9, S.213-219
ISSN: 0041-624X
Fraunhofer IZFP ()
defect; inspection; anisotropy; transducer; modeling

Many modern structural materials exhibit anisotropic elastic behavior leading to complicated wave propagation phenomena. To ensure the reliability of ultrasonic nondestructive testing techniques, these material properties as well as the influence of microstructural inhomogeneities and the effects of interfaces on ultrasonic wave propagation have to be taken into account. In this respect, mathematical modeling provides an efficient method of assisting analysis. Two computationally efficient analytical approaches - a Gaussian beam and a point source superposition technique - are presented, which are well-suited for performing ultrasonic wave propagation and scattering simulations for anisotropic media. Results for homogeneous as well as inhomogeneous anisotropic media like composites and weld material are presented.