SMArt termography is an innovative and promising technique that could be useful for the detection of damages of large components subjected to in-service loads, like wind blade. This technique requires building traditional carbon or glass fiber reinforced composite laminates adding a regular net of Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wires in the matrix. These wires confer to the composite material additional features. In particular, the electro-thermal properties of SMA could be used as an internal heat source to be used for the control of the component using the traditional numerical technique used to elaborate the raw thermal data. Despite of other thermography techniques, SMArt thermography is characterized by a quite reduced amount of heating power, which produces a limited increasing of the temperature of the component subjected to control. On the other hand, the numerical elaboration of thermal data acquired from IR camera is more sensitive and require a deeper comprehension of the phenomena. In this work, a GFRP composite panel containing several artificial defects has been studied both from a numerical and experimental point of view, in order to determine the sensitivity of the technique, the limit of applicability and practical indications about the reliability of the technique.
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