Abstract

The characterization of delamination in composite plates with ultrasonic waves generated and detected by lasers is presented. Composite materials have become one of the most important structural materials in the aviation industry because of their excellent mechanical properties, such as high specific stiffness and antifatigue. This paper reports a new application of the laser ultrasonic technique to perform nondestructive detection of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and continuous-fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CFCCs) containing artificial internal defects, based on propagation characteristic of ultrasonic waves generated by pulse laser with a wavelength of 1064 nm and pulse duration of 10 ns. A laser interferometer based on two-wave mixing is used to measure ultrasonic wave signals. The main advantage of this technique over conventional ultrasonic testing techniques is the ability to carry out detection without using coupling agents. The research results prove that the laser ultrasonic technique is effective for the detection of internal defects in both CFRP and CFCC composite components, which should promote and expand the application of the technique in the aviation industry.

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