Nonlinear ultrasonic guided waves for quantitative life prediction of structures with complex geometries
Autrusson, Thibaut Bernard
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Material damage such as dislocations and microcracks are characteristic of early stages of fatigue. Accumulation of these nascent cracks leads to non-linear elastic response of the material. These non-linearities can be detected from harmonic generation for propagating elastic waves. The long term goal of this study is to investigate the non-linear elastic propagation in parts with complex geometry. Cellular Automata is introduced as a new simulation method, in order to develop new analysis on quadratic non-linearities. An existing linear code was progressively modified to take into account a different constitutive law. Also the boundary conditions need to be reviewed to ensure free stress with the non-linear behavior. The propagation of the longitudinal wave is investigated in detail. Numerical accuracy is validated from comparison with a closed, for both linear and non-linear code. The reflection of the non-linear P-wave gives confirmation for the correct treatment of the boundary condition. Finally the capabilities of the Cellular Automata code are underlined for reflection of Lamb waves for various boundary conditions.