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“A fast BEM for the analysis of damaged structures with bonded piezoelectric sensors”

  • Autori: Benedetti, I.; Aliabadi, M.; Milazzo, A.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2010
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: Boundary element method; Fast BEM solvers; Piezoelectric patches; SHM systems modeling
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A fast boundary element method for the analysis of three-dimensional solids with cracks and adhesively bonded piezoelectric patches, used as strain sensors, is presented. The piezoelectric sensors, as well as the adhesive layer, are modeled using a 3D state-space finite element approach. The piezoelectric patch model is formulated taking into account the full electro-mechanical coupling and embodying the suitable boundary conditions and it is eventually expressed in terms of the interface variables, to allow a straightforward coupling with the underlying host structure, which is modeled through a 3D dual boundary element method, for accurate analysis of cracks. The technique is computationally enhanced, in terms of memory storage and solution time, using the hierarchical format in conjunction with a GMRES solver. An original strategy retaining the advantages of the fast hierarchical solution without increasing the implementation complexity to take into account the piezoelectric patches is proposed for the solution of the final system. The presented work is a step towards modeling of structural health monitoring systems.