Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) in Aerospace Structures

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) in Aerospace Structures

1st Edition - March 1, 2016

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  • Editor: Fuh-Gwo Yuan
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081001486
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081001585

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Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) in Aerospace Structures provides readers with the spectacular progress that has taken place over the last twenty years with respect to the area of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). The widespread adoption of SHM could both significantly improve safety and reduce maintenance and repair expenses that are estimated to be about a quarter of an aircraft fleet’s operating costs. The SHM field encompasses transdisciplinary areas, including smart materials, sensors and actuators, damage diagnosis and prognosis, signal and image processing algorithms, wireless intelligent sensing, data fusion, and energy harvesting. This book focuses on how SHM techniques are applied to aircraft structures with particular emphasis on composite materials, and is divided into four main parts. Part One provides an overview of SHM technologies for damage detection, diagnosis, and prognosis in aerospace structures. Part Two moves on to analyze smart materials for SHM in aerospace structures, such as piezoelectric materials, optical fibers, and flexoelectricity. In addition, this also includes two vibration-based energy harvesting techniques for powering wireless sensors based on piezoelectric electromechanical coupling and diamagnetic levitation. Part Three explores innovative SHM technologies for damage diagnosis in aerospace structures. Chapters within this section include sparse array imaging techniques and phase array techniques for damage detection. The final section of the volume details innovative SHM technologies for damage prognosis in aerospace structures. This book serves as a key reference for researchers working within this industry, academic, and government research agencies developing new systems for the SHM of aerospace structures and materials scientists.

Key Features

  • Provides key information on the potential of SHM in reducing maintenance and repair costs
  • Analyzes current SHM technologies and sensing systems, highlighting the innovation in each area
  • Encompasses chapters on smart materials such as electroactive polymers and optical fibers


R&D managers and engineers in aerospace; researchers working in industry, academia and government research agencies developing new systems for the SHM of aerospace structures, materials scientists.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: SHM Technologies for Damage Detection, Diagnosis and Prognosis in Aerospace Structures: Application and Efficient Use

    1. Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM)
    2. A Novel Approach for Implementing Structural Health Monitoring Systems for Aerospace Structures

    Part Two: Smart Materials for SHM in Aerospace Structures

    3. Piezoelectric Materials for SHM in Aerospace Structures
    4. Electroactive Polymers for SHM in Aerospace Structures
    5. Using Optical Fibers for Ultrasonic Damage Detection in Aerospace Structures
    6. Flexoelectricity in Aerospace Structures
    7. Energy Harvesting using Piezoelectric Materials in Aerospace Structures
    8. Diamagnetically Levitated Vibration Energy Harvester in Aerospace Structures

    Part Three: Innovative SHM Technologies for Damage Diagnosis in Aerospace Structures

    9. Array Imaging with Guided Waves under Variable Environmental Conditions
    10. Phase Array Techniques for Damage Detection in Aerospace Structures
    11. Defect detection, classification and sizing using ultrasound
    12. Non-contact Laser Ultrasonics for SHM in Aerospace Structures
    13. Nonlinear Ultrasonics for Health Monitoring of Aerospace Structures using Active Sparse Sensor Networks
    14. Space-Wavenumber and Time-Frequency Analyses for Vibration- and Wave-based Damage Diagnosis

    Part Four: Innovative SHM Technologies for Damage Prognosis in Aerospace Structures

    15. Fatigue damage diagnosis and prognosis using EMI technique
    16. An Energy-based Prognostic Framework to Predict Evolution of Damage

Product details

  • No. of pages: 514
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2016
  • Published: March 1, 2016
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081001486
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081001585

About the Editor

Fuh-Gwo Yuan

Professor Yuan is an internationally renowned expert in the field of structural health monitoring, fracture and life prediction of advanced materials and structures, smart materials and structures, and damage tolerance of composite structures. His research is leading to the development of advanced structural health monitoring systems that will fundamentally impact future design and maintenance of large and complex aerospace, mechanical, and civil structures. These systems will reduce maintenance costs and increase asset availability and extend remaining useful life of structures, such as aircraft and bridges, by providing accurate measurement and prediction of damage and degradation at early stages. He brings more than two decades of experience collaborating with NASA Langley Research Center scientists and engineers to his new role as Langley Professor. His research has played a major role toward the advancement of structural health monitoring systems and the understanding of damage tolerance of composite materials and structures.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA

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