Extensional and flexural waves in a thin-walled graphite/epoxy tube
Prosser, William H.
Gorman, Michael R.
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Simulated acoustic emission signals were induced in a thin-walled graphite/epoxy tube by means of lead breaks (Hsu-Neilsen source). the tube is of similar materials and layup to be used by NASA in fabricating the struts of Space Station Freedom. The resulting waveforms were detected by broad band ultrasonic transducers and digitized, Measurements of the velocities of the extensional and flexural modes were made for propagation directions along the tube axis (0 degrees), around the tube circumference (90 degrees) and at an angle of 45 degrees. these velocities were found to be in agreement with classical plate theory.