Sensor Design Optimization for Ultrasonic Spectroscopy Cure Monitoring
In the field of cure monitoring, resonant ultrasonic cure monitoring is a unique technique to measure the progression of cure of composites in fully or partially closed tools. It allows for the use of electronic hardware that is less sophisticated than traditional pulse-based ultrasonic systems to obtain accurate results. While this technique is not new, it has been used very rarely. One reason for this is the lack of optimized sensors. Commercially available sensors are optimized for pulse-based ultrasonic testing. This paper establishes a possible optimized sensor design for resonant ultrasound cure monitoring using a multi-parameter FE model.