Compressive sensing of full wave field data for structural health monitoring applications

Tommaso di Ianni, Luca De Marchi, Alessandro Perelli, Alessandro Marzani

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Numerous nondestructive evaluations and structural health monitoring approaches based on guide waves rely on analysis of wave fields recorded through scanning laser Doppler vibrometers (SLDVs) or ultrasonic scanners. The informative content which can be extracted from these inspections is relevant; however, the acquisition process is generally time-consuming, posing a limit in the applicability of such approaches. To reduce the acquisition time, we use a random sampling scheme based on compressive sensing (CS) to minimize the number of points at which the field is measured. The CS reconstruction performance is mostly influenced by the choice of a proper decomposition basis to exploit the sparsity of the acquired signal. Here, different bases have been tested to recover the guided waves wave field acquired on both an aluminum and a composite plate. Experimental results show that the proposed approach allows a reduction of the measurement locations required for accurate signal recovery to less than 34% of the original sampling grid.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1373-1383
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Fields, Waves and Electromagnetics
  • Acoustics
  • Atomic clocks
  • Compressed sensing
  • Dictionaries
  • Dispersion
  • Fourier transforms
  • Monitoring

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