Local Acoustic Resonance Spectroscopy

  • Christian U. GrosseEmail author
  • Anne Jüngert
  • Philipp Jatzlau
Reference work entry


The local acoustic resonance spectroscopy (LARS) is a novel nondestructive testing (NDT) technique that is based on the well-known coin-tapping test. This rather old test utilizes the effect that a defect (such as a large void, crack, or delamination), that is invisible from the surface, causes a change of acoustic waves emitted from the structure as a person taps on it – e.g., using a coin or a small hammer. This procedure has obvious drawbacks as it depends strongly on the skills – tapping correctly and listening carefully to the sound emitted – of an experienced person who needs to apply this simple technique by hand being close to the structure. Proper interpretation of the emitted sound is often difficult – even for experienced investigators. However, the benefits of easy implementation, relatively fast surveying, and cost-efficiency are evident as well. This was the motivation for the instrumentation of this technique, where all steps are automated, including a contact-free recording microphone and a robot-based instrumented excitation of the component under test. The technique can be locally applied to structures constructed from fiber-reinforced polymers and uses the acoustic waves that are analyzed in the frequency domain according to resonance peak content. For industrial applications, LARS can be used as a rapid but reliable NDT technique to obtain an initial overview about larger defects in a structure prior to implementing more detailed investigations, thus raising the escalation level of quality control.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian U. Grosse
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anne Jüngert
    • 2
  • Philipp Jatzlau
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Building Materials, Chair of Non-destructive TestingTechnical University of MunichMünchenGermany
  2. 2.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Center for Building Materials, Non-destructive TestingTechnical University of MunichMünchenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ida Nathan
    • 1
  • Norbert Meyendorf
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of AkronAkronUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nondestructive EvaluationIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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