Lamb waves are dispersive and multi-modal. Various wave modes make the interpretation of Lamb wave signal very difficult. It is desired that different modes can be separated for individual analysis. In the this paper, we present our studies on the multimodal Lamb wave propagation and wave mode extraction using frequency-wavenumber analysis. Wave spectrum in the frequency-wavenumber domain shows clear distinction among Lamb wave modes being present. This allows separating them or extracting a desired Lamb wave mode through a novel filtering strategy. Thus a single mode Lamb can be identified and extracted for certain types of damage detection in structural health monitoring (SHM). These concepts are illustrated through experimental testing. A scanning laser Doppler vibrometer is used to acquiring the time-space wavefield regarding the multimodal Lamb wave propagation. Then the recorded wavefield was analyzed in frequency-wavenumber domain and decomposed into different wave modes.

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