Structural Health Monitoring
Monitors mechanical systems for structural integrity warns the operator before catastrophic structural failures and indicates health and operability of mechanical systems for condition based maintenance (CBM). The technology reduces maintenance frequency, catastrophic failures as well as optimizes design, cost and reliability.
The structural health monitoring expands usage of light-weight, high specific strength materials such as aluminum and composites for ship hull. Monitoring of structure and material integrity will improve safety, reduce cost of preventive maintenance, and enhance design against catastrophic failure.