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Electromechanical and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for Measuring and Imaging Fatigue Damage

Abstract: 

EIS and EMIS methods of assessing the fatigue status of a material. The EIS method uses an electrochemical transducer cell to
apply electrical perturbations to the material, and to acquire voltage and current measurements over a range of frequencies. The
impedance at each frequency is calculated, resulting in impedance spectrum data. This data is correlated to reference data
representing the fatigue life of the material. The EMIS method is similar except that mechanical instead of electrical
perturbations are applied to the material.

Patent Number: 
6,151,969
Date Of Issue: 
11/28/2000
Inventors: 

Michael A. Miller;Stephen J. Hudak Jr.