Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures

Initiator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the ‘Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System‘ community.

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Alicia King
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu

Project outcomes
The aim of this research is to advance the state of the art in damage detection in metallic and composite structures by enabling a modular system approach utilising energy harvesting and wireless communication for industrial applications. The system will be focussed on two damage detection techniques, Acoustic Emission and Acousto-Ultrasonics, for which Cardiff University is internationally recognised in both academia and industry. The University of Bristol have extensive and world leading experience of approaches for modelling damage in composites, whilst the applicants at the Universities of Bath and Exeter are at the forefront in the area of energy harvesting and power management for wireless sensing node applications.

This project has led to a successful collaboration of researchers from across GW4, with a better understanding of each institutions capabilities. There is a shared understanding of the major challenges associated with developing an autonomous structural health monitoring system entirely aligned with the GW4 joint expertise. The community has identified a series of industrial and academic collaborators.

Initial development of a grant proposal for submission to EPSRC which will be completed during the GW4 Accelerator Funded project.

A successful application was submitted for GW4 Accelerator funding.