Structural Health Monitoring on the SARISTU Full Scale Door Surround Structure

  • M. Moix-Bonet
  • D. Schmidt
  • P. WierachEmail author
Part of the Research Topics in Aerospace book series (RTA)


This chapter presents an application case of a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system installed and used to inspect a full scale Door Surround Structure (DSS) . A generic DSS was produced by means of an automated fiber placement technique. During the manufacturing process, a SHM network consisting of 584 piezoelectric transducers was integrated in the structure. Afterwards, an impact campaign has been performed on the DSS with a total of 112 impacts, inducing skin delaminations and debondings of various structural features.

The purpose of the impact campaign consisted in the development and validation of the SHM system applied to the DSS. A probability-based damage identification algorithm has been developed and its performance in detecting the damages of the DSS has been evaluated. Traditional Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) served as a reference for the evaluation of the damage assessment performed with SHM. The results showed a good correlation between SHM and NDI regarding damage identification and location. The SHM system was sensitive to all damage types occurred in the DSS.



The authors would like to thank the European project Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures (SARISTU) with grant agreement no. 284562 for financially supporting the research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Aerospace Center (DLR)Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive SystemsBraunschweigGermany

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