Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

This project has been developed from the Initiator funded Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures community.

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

Project overview
The integrity of critical structures such as aircraft wings is currently assured by scheduled inspections. These are costly, in terms of the activities themselves, and more critically the downtime involved, and in the majority of cases find no significant deterioration. Presently there is no viable alternative. Development of an autonomous structural health monitoring system supplying information on the current integrity of the structure presents an ideal solution but is currently unattainable due to the need to address a number of fundamental challenges. The aim of this consortium is to solve these enabling a complete solution to be developed.

The development of a fully integrated Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System is an extremely demanding highly coupled multiphysics problem whose solution requires the resolution and integration of a number of different technological challenges.

The aim of this project is to develop a series of pilot data sets which will be shared and worked on by the partners in order to explore the interdependencies between the technologies the consortium will be developing, assess the feasibility of the approaches proposed and develop a track record of working together as a group. This will be achieved by implementing a number of pilot projects each employing a researcher working collaboratively between at least two of the institutions.