Guided Waves for Structural Health Monitoring (GW4SHM)


Project no.: 860104
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Project description:

The overall aim of GW4SHM is to turn SHM from a lab-based technology into real-world applications.
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.

Project funding:

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”

Project results:

The project brings 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. Potential end-users are SHELL, AIRBUS, Dalara Automobili S.p.A. etc.

Period of project implementation: 2020-01-01 - 2024-12-31

Project coordinator: Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

Project partners: French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung E.V., Goethe University Frankfurt, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, Tallinn University of Technology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Safran S.A., Kaunas University of Technology, University of Bolonia, Institute of Telecommunications (Portugal)

Renaldas Raišutis

2020 - 2024

Laboratory of Numerical Simulations, Prof. K. Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute