A robust Bayesian methodology for damage localization in plate-like structures using ultrasonic guided-waves

SHM methods for damage detection and localization in plate-like structures have typically relied on signal post-processing techniques applied to ultrasonic guided-waves. The time of flight is one of these signals features which has been extensively used by the SHM community for damage localization. One approach for obtaining the time of flight is by applying a particular time-frequency transform to capture the frequency and energy content of the wave at each instant of time. To this end, the selection of a suitable methodology for time-frequency transform among the many candidates available in the literature has typically relied on experience, or simply based on considerations about computational efficiency. In this paper, a full probabilistic method based on the Bayesian inverse problem is proposed to rigorously provide a robust estimate of the time of flight for each sensor independently. Then, the robust…

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