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Numerical Study of a Phased Array-Based Ultrasonic Polar Scan to Determine Plane-Wave Reflection Coefficients of Plates

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Numerical finite-element (FE) simulations and postprocessing analysis methods are presented for ultrasonic polar scan (UPS) measurements involving a circular phased array (C-PA) to determine the plane-wave reflection coefficient of plates. Apodization weights for the C-PA elements are determined to assure the generation of a quasi-plane wave upon excitation at the plate surface and to mitigate bounded beam effects on the assessed reflection coefficient. In addition, postprocessing of the reflection signals is performed via the synthetic plane-wave technique to further filter out any bounded beam effects. Reflection coefficients are presented for three cases namely, an aluminum, a unidirectional carbon epoxy, and a cross-ply carbon epoxy plate. For all three cases, comparison with the analytical plane-wave theory shows excellent agreement with the reflection coefficients obtained by the C-PA and the additional postprocessing steps for both the pulsed and harmonic signals. It is also shown that the agreement becomes considerably worse if the nonspecular reflection field is disregarded in the postprocessing treatment, thus enforcing the need to capture the full reflected field via the PA whenever plane-wave reflection coefficients are needed.
Journal: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
ISSN: 0885-3010
Issue: 12
Volume: 66
Pages: 1874 - 1886
Publication year:2019
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education