Damage Monitoring of Composite Components under Vibration Fatigue using Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer

D. Di Maio*, F. Magi, I.A. Sever

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This research article proposes experimental methods for monitoring damage propagation of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) components under vibration fatigue. High cycle fatigue (HCF) behaviour of composites is often not as dramatic as that of metal alloys, where any crack initiation might rapidly lead to failure. Instead, composites HCF behaviour is often a prolonged state of continuous degradation of the resin-to-fibre bonding. Furthermore, the interlaminar contact conditions at any opening delamination cause complex dynamic responses, which can be nonlinear and temperature dependent. Vibration fatigue is generally caused by large deformations which can be suitably measured by non-contact measurement systems. Hence, this paper explores the application of the scanning laser vibrometer to monitor damage propagation of CFRP components under vibration fatigue loading. The objective is to show how this measurement system can systematically implement a set of experimental methods aimed at monitoring the dynamic properties during the crack propagation caused by fatigue. The set of experimental techniques are autonomously executed by a custom-made control panel. A thermal camera is also part of the measurement chain and provides qualitative information about location of temperature hot spots and damage evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-514
Number of pages16
JournalExperimental mechanics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • CFRP components
  • Damage propagation
  • Scanning LDV


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