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Sause, Markus G. R., Jasiūnienė, Elena and Pullin, Rhys 2021. Introduction. In: Sause, M.G.R and Jasiūnienė, E eds. Structural Health Monitoring Damage Detection Systems for Aerospace, Springer Aerospace Technology book series (SAT), Springer, Cham., pp. 1-4. (10.1007/978-3-030-72192-3_1)

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The aerospace industry is aiming for a cleaner means of transport. One way to achieve this is by making transportation lighter, thus directly improving fuel efficiency and reducing environmental impact. A further aim, of the industry, is to reduce maintenance time to lessen operating costs, which can result in a reduction of air transport costs, benefitting both passenger and freight services. Current developments to support these aims include using advanced materials, with the current generation of aerospace structures being 50% composite materials. These materials offer a weight reduction whilst maintaining adequate stiffness; however, their damage mechanics are very complex and less deterministic than those of metals. This results in an overall reduced benefit. Structures are manufactured thicker using additional material to accommodate unknown or unpredictable failure modes, which cannot be easily detected during maintenance. A way to overcome these issues is the adoption of a structural health monitoring (SHM) inspection system.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Additional Information: This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (
Publisher: Springer, Cham.
ISBN: 978-3-030-72191-6
ISSN: 1869-1730
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 October 2021
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 11:02

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