Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Anthony N. Palazotto, PhD
The present study establishes a nondestructive method of damage detection and assessment in cantilever beams. The specimens used are twelve-inch aluminum 2024-T3 beams with machined notches of varying lengths and locations. Laser Doppler vibrometry is used to obtain the frequency response of vibrating beams. Experimental methods are developed to detect the presence, location and extent of damage by direct observation of the eigenvector in the third through eighth modes. Models in MATLAB and ABAQUS are used to predict and validate the observed data. With this experimental method developed, the validity of the method is tested for specimens that have been exposed to a destructive corrosive environment. A corrosion experiment is developed and used to determine the validity of the damage detection method for corroded structures.
DTIC Accession Number
Chronister, Jessica B., "Structural Health Monitoring Considering Internal Beam Damage" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 3317.