Application of the Finite Element Method in SHM

  • Srinivasan Gopalakrishnan
  • Massimo Ruzzene
  • Sathyanarayana Hanagud
Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)


This chapter presents some of the aspects in the application of the finite element method (FEM) for structural health monitoring (SHM) problems. First, the procedure to select a proper FE mesh size for a given frequency content of a predefined input is given. A relationship between the damage size and the frequency of the predefined input signal is then established. Different methods of modeling flaws in FEM and their utility in SHM studies are explained through numerical examples. Limitations of FEM for SHM and possible remedies are also discussed.


Crack Front Frequency Content Composite Beam Structural Health Monitoring Fibre Breakage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Srinivasan Gopalakrishnan
    • 1
  • Massimo Ruzzene
    • 2
  • Sathyanarayana Hanagud
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Aerospace EngineeringIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.School of Aerospace Engineering, School of Mechanical EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.School of Aerospace EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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