Structural Health Monitoring of Aerospace Composite Structures offers a comprehensive review of established and promising technologies under development in the emerging area of structural health monitoring (SHM) of aerospace composite structures.

Beginning with a description of the different types of composite damage, which differ fundamentally from the damage states encountered in metallic airframes, the book moves on to describe the SHM methods and sensors currently under consideration before considering application examples related to specific composites, SHM sensors, and detection methods. Expert author Victor Giurgiutiu closes with a valuable discussion of the advantages and limitations of various sensors and methods, helping you to make informed choices in your structure research and development.

Key Features

  • The first comprehensive review of one of the most ardent research areas in aerospace structures, providing breadth and detail to bring engineers and researchers up to speed on this rapidly developing field
  • Covers the main classes of SHM sensors, including fiber optic sensors, piezoelectric wafer active sensors, electrical properties sensors and conventional resistance strain gauges, and considers their applications and limitation
  • Includes details of active approaches, including acousto-ultrasonics, vibration, frequency transfer function, guided-wave tomography, phased arrays, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (ECIS), among other emerging methods


Aerospace engineers, researchers and graduate students dealing with aircraft design, structural integrity, safety and operation management.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    • 1.1 Preamble
    • 1.2 Why Aerospace Composites?
    • 1.3 What are Aerospace Composites?
    • 1.4 Evolution of Aerospace Composites
    • 1.5 Today’s Aerospace Composites
    • 1.6 Challenges for Aerospace Composites
    • 1.7 About This Book
    • References
  • Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Aerospace Composite Materials
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Anisotropic Elasticity
    • 2.3 Unidirectional Composite Properties
    • 2.4 Plane-Stress 2D Elastic Properties of a Composite Layer
    • 2.5 Fully 3D Elastic Properties of a Composite Layer
    • 2.6 Problems and Exercises
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Vibration of Composite Structures
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Equations of Motion in Terms of Stress Resultants
    • 3.3 Vibration Equations for an Anisotropic Laminated Composite Plate
    • 3.4 Vibration Equations for an Isotropic Plate
    • 3.5 Special Cases
    • 3.6 Problems and Exercises
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Guided Waves in Thin-Wall Composite Structures
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Wave Propagation in Bulk Composite Material—Christoffel Equations
    • 4.3 Guided Waves in a Composite Ply
    • 4.4 Guided-Wave Propagation in a Laminated Composite
    • 4.5 Numerical Computation
    • 4.6 Problems and Exercises
    • References
  • Chapter 5. Damage and Failure of Aerospace Composites
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Composites Damage and Failure Mechanisms
    • 5.3 Tension Damage and Failure of a Unidirectional Composite Ply
    • 5.4 Tension Damage and Failure in a Cross-Ply Composite Laminate
    • 5.5 Characteristic Damage State (CDS)
    • 5.6 Fatigue Damage in Aerospace Composites
    • 5.7 Long-Term Fatigue Behavior of Aerospace Composites
    • 5.8 C


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