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An ultrasonic ranging system for structural vibration measurements

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2 Author(s)
Figueroa, F. ; Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA, USA ; Barbieri, E.

An ultrasonic ranging system (URS) that can be used to measure vibratory displacements in structures is described. A pair of ultrasonic transducers is used in a transmit-receive mode to acquire the motion of a point on a flexible structure. The structure's oscillating motion modulates the phase angle between the transmitted and received acoustic signals. A simple phase detector and low-pass filter combination demodulate the phase signal, thus extracting information about the motion of the point on the structure. The results reported concentrate on some design issues of the URS and its use as a potential displacement measuring device for flexible structures. The URS accurately distinguished four vibration frequencies of a simple cantilevered aluminum beam, with the highest frequency near 50 Hz

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Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 4 )