An experimental technique for evaluating viscoelastic damping using ultrasonic guided waves

Mohammad Mehrabi, Mohammad Hossein Soorgee, Hossein Habibi, Vassilios Kappatos

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This work presents an innovative approach according to an experiment-based fitting method to determine the damping property of a viscoelastic coating layer, in a simple, low-cost, and time-effective manner. In this experiment, symmetric and asymmetric ultrasonic Lamb waves were applied to two coated plates with different thicknesses, and the waves were generated using piezo discs. A viscoelastic coating influences the signal amplitude as well as the wave phase. By comparing the amplitude ratio (AR) of the transmitting signals between the coated and bare plates, the damping property of the viscoelastic coating was experimentally determined. Similar to the experiments employing the finite element method (FEM) software, in this experiment, ABAQUS, was employed to verify the conformity between numerical and experimental AR. By selecting a non-dispersive Rayleigh damping β for the coating layers at all frequencies, the computational cost reduced significantly to one-tenth the original cost. Apart from corroboration by AR matching, the numerical dispersion curves of the group velocity were also validated by experimental curves. The FEM dispersion curves in the frequency range of the tests were found to be highly reliable, with an average error of less than 1% for the first experimental setup and 10% for the second setup. Furthermore, in coated waveguides, the proposed technique could precisely estimate the damping property of the viscoelastic coating layers, where excitability in a wide range of frequencies is required. However, this precision strongly relies on the selected mode, frequency range, PZT quality, and waveguide thickness.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106707
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2022


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