Fotis KopsaftopoulosRensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Most Practical SHM Solution for Aerospace Award, sponsored by AIRBUS, in the IWSHM 2015

Sept. 3, 2015, 6 p.m.

Congratulations to our team from the Structures and Composites Lab at Stanford Aero/Astro that won the "Most Practical SHM Solution for Aerospace" Award, sponsored by AIRBUS, in the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2015 (IWSHM 2015)!

We presented a live demonstration of a novel bio-inspired smart composite wing with state sensing and awareness capabilities for the next generation of “fly-by-feel” UAVs! Micro-fabricated sensor networks, consisting of piezoelectric, strain, and temperature sensors, were developed and monolithically embedded in the carbon fiber layup of the wing to enable self-sensing capabilities. Advanced system identification, signal processing and diagnostic algorithms were developed to accurately interpret the sensing data in real time and identify both the wing configuration and structural health state. During the demo a live video connection was established with the Stanford wind tunnel and data from the wing were collected and processed in real time during "blind test" experiments! The live demonstration was successful and the committee awarded our team the first prize! Thanks guys for the great work!

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