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Structural Health Monitoring

The process of implementing a damage detection strategy for aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering infrastructure is referred to as Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). The SHM process involves the observation of a system over time using periodically sampled dynamic response measurements from an array of sensors. The extraction of damage-sensitive features from these measurements and the statistical analysis of these features is then used to determine the current state of system health. For long term SHM, the output of this process is periodically updated information regarding the ability of the structure to perform its intended function in light of the inevitable aging and degradation resulting from operational environments. After extreme events, such as earthquakes or blast loading, SHM is used for rapid condition screening and aims to provide, in near real time, reliable information regarding the integrity of the structure.

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