Structural Health Monitoring

  • Bianca WeihnachtEmail author
  • Uwe Lieske
  • Tobias Gaul
  • Kilian Tschöke
Reference work entry


SHM techniques are well suited to permanently monitor structures in order to prevent sudden failure by fatigue behavior and to reduce risks that are connected with that. The sensors are usually permanently installed on the structures. Furthermore, it is necessary to install a reliable data acquisition and data transfer system and to address especially the long-term stability and reliability. This chapter focuses on several application areas. First, the focus lies on pipes and vessels with damages such as corrosion and cracks. Next, composites are hard to inspect from the outside regarding internal delaminations and defects. SHM measurements ensure alarms in case the integrity of the structure is not assured. Large offshore structures like foundations are hard to access during long periods of time during the year. Therefore, a monitoing system would give permanent information about defects occurring during operation. Last but not least, wireless communication algorithms are described to make installation easy and cost inefficient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bianca Weihnacht
    • 1
    Email author
  • Uwe Lieske
    • 1
  • Tobias Gaul
    • 1
  • Kilian Tschöke
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTSDresdenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ida Nathan
    • 1
  • Norbert Meyendorf
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of AkronAkronUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nondestructive EvaluationIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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