Guided Waves for Structural Health Monitoring


Structural health monitoring (SHM) is essential to guarantee the safe and reliable operation of technical appliances and will be a key enabler to exploit emerging technologies such as remaining useful lifetime prognosis, condition-based maintenance, and digital twins. Particularly, SHM using ultrasonic guided waves is a promising approach for monitoring chemical plants, pipelines, transport systems and aeronautical structures. While substantial progress has been made in the development of SHM technology, current techniques are often realised only at lab-scale. Missing quantification of reliability hinders their practical application. The substantial effort for signal processing and of permanent transducer integration as well as the lack of efficient simulation tools to improve understanding of guided wave-structure interaction and to predict the capabilities of the system limit their widespread use. Training of PhD students specialised in SHM is limited and fragmented in Europe. The aim of this project is to combine for the first time efficient simulation and signal processing tools for SHM and to assess the reliability of the monitoring systems. The project will bring together partners from academia and industry and will train a new generation of researchers skilled in all aspects of SHM, enabling them to transform SHM research into practical applications. Focusing on aeronautics, petrochemistry and the automotive sector as initial pilot cases, we will develop SHM concept to assess the integrity of structures and create ready-to-use tools for industry and other SHM users. The strong collaboration between mathematicians, physicists and engineers aims to bring the capabilities and applicability of SHM methods to the next level. Our students will acquire multidisciplinary scientific expertise, complementary skills, and experience working in academia and industry. The outcome of the project will pave the way for integrating SHM into real-world engineering structures.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Luca De Marchi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione "Guglielmo Marconi"
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

Bundesanstalt Fuer Materialforschung Und -Pruefung(Germany)

Other Participants:
Fraunhofer Ipa (Germany)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Kauno Technologijos Universitetas (Lithuania)
Cea-Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (France)
Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (Germany)
Imperial College Of Science Technology And Medicine (United Kingdom)
Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Tno (Netherlands)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe - Universitaet Frankfurt Am Main (Germany)
Safran (France)
Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (Estonia)
Instituto De Telecomunicacoes - Aveiro - (Portugal)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.915.549,72
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/01/2020
End Date: 31/12/2023

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 860104 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 860104