Structural Health Monitoring

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) implies the permanent integration of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) hardware with a platform to enable real-time or on-demand integrity state awareness. SHM systems can be optimized to cover wide areas as well as focus on specific “hot-spots” for both metallic and composite structures. They are configured to monitor adverse “changes” from an installed condition, such as fatigue cracks, corrosion, delamination, loose fasteners or impact damage. Benefits of SHM include drastically reducing manual inspection costs, minimizing preventative maintenance, increasing asset availability and extending remaining useful life of components. Future benefits could include using SHM data to improve design-margin efficiency for lighter-weight structures, facilitating structural certification or quality assurance and providing feedback for safe operating envelopes. MDC has emerged as an SHM industry leader, advancing the state-of-the-art in nearly every aspect of this discipline including novel architecture, infrastructure, sensors, hardware, packaging, modeling and algorithms, resulting in a robust portfolio of patented technologies.