Transducer loading effect on the performance of PZT-based SHM systems

  • Baptista F
  • Filho J
  • 14

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 12

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

In the last years, the piezoelectric transducers of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) have been widely used in structural health monitoring (SHM) systems based on the electromechanical (E/M) impedance technique. Although many studies indicate the successful use of PZT in damage detection, some practical considerations still have to be considered in real applications. In this work, the effect of the transducer loading caused by mechanical impedance of the host structure is analyzed using an equivalent electromechanical circuit. Tests were performed on structures with various sizes and the results show that the transducer loading significantly reduces the sensitivity of the system for detecting structural damages.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Get full text

Authors

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free