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Shock and Vibration
Volume 19, Issue 5, Pages 1027-1040

An Optimisation Scheme Based on the Local Interaction Simulation Approach and Lamb Waves for Elastic Property Estimation in Multi-Layered Composites

A.B. Spencer, K. Worden, W.J. Staszewski, J.A. Rongong, and N.D. Sims

Dynamics Research Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Received 25 April 2012; Accepted 25 April 2012

Copyright © 2012 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The paper demonstrates the application of guided ultrasonic waves for estimating material elastic properties in multi-layered composite plates. Two-dimensional Lamb wave propagation is modelled using the Local Interaction Simulation Approach (LISA). The wave responses are then used to estimate relevant material properties. This numerical inverse method is based on an optimisation scheme using a Differential Evolution (DE) algorithm. The method is demonstrated on a simulated seven-layered glass fibre-epoxy composite plate. The results show a good agreement between the exact and reconstructed material properties.