Lamb Wave Propagation in Thermally Damaged Composites

  • Michael D. Seale
  • Barry T. Smith


The use of composites in primary and secondary structures of aerospace vehicles is important for increased performance with little weight penalty. Determining the response to thermal damage is necessary for a complete understanding of the total use environment of these materials. The objective of the research presented here is to provide a method of quantifying the amount of thermal damage in composite materials. Components which have non-visible damage, but have degraded performance on the order of several percent, are of interest. At this level of damage the safety margin designed into the structure may be compromised.


Thermal Damage Lamb Wave Laminate Composite Plate Interlaminar Shear Strength Matic Polymer Composite 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Seale
    • 1
  • Barry T. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsThe College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Applied ScienceThe College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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