Health Monitoring of Structural Materials and Components: Methods with Applications

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Wiley, Jun 13, 2007 - Science - 476 pages
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The first complete introduction to health monitoring, encapsulating both technical information and practical case studies spanning the breadth of the subject.

Written by a highly-respected figure in structural health monitoring, this book provides readers with the technical skills and practical understanding required to solve new problems encountered in the emerging field of health monitoring. The book presents a suite of methods and applications in loads identification (usage monitoring), in-situ damage identification (diagnostics), and damage and performance prediction (prognostics). Concepts in modelling, measurements, and data analysis are applied through real-world case studies to identify loading, assess damage, and predict the performance of structural components, as well as examine engine components, automotive accessories, aircraft parts, spacecraft components, civil structures and defence system components.

In particular the book:

  • provides the reader with a fundamental and practical understanding of the material;
  • discusses models demonstrating the physical basis for health monitoring techniques;
  • gives a detailed review of the best practices in dynamic measurements including sensing;
  • presents numerous data analysis techniques using model- and signal-based methods;
  • discusses case studies involving real-world applications of health monitoring;
  • offers end-of-chapter problems to enhance the study of the topic for students and instructors; and
  • includes an accompanying website with MATLAB programs providing hands-on training to readers for writing health monitoring model simulation and data analysis algorithms. 

Health Monitoring of Structural Materials and Components is an excellent introductory text for newcomers to the subject as well as an excellent study tool for students and lecturers. Practitioners and researchers, those with a greater understanding and application of the technical skills involved, will also find this essential reading as a reference text to address current and future challenges in this field. The wide variety of case studies will appeal to a broad spectrum of engineers in the aerospace, civil, mechanical, machinery and defence communities.

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About the author (2007)

Douglas E. Adams is a recognized lecturer in the field of structural health monitoring, having received numerous awards for his teaching at Purdue University.  Notably he has become the youngest ever member of the faculty to be inducted into the Purdue Teaching academy, having achieved consistently high teaching ratings.  In combination with excellence in teaching he is also well accomplished in the research field, receiving the Presidential Early Career award from George W. Bush and becoming the Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year in 2003.  His area of expertise is in nonlinear structural dynamics and experimental system identification with application to health monitoring and mechanical components, having written over 85 technical publications.  In recent years he has been able to commercialize his findings, with notable technologies for detecting cracks in wheel assemblies being deployed in Iraq.  Over the last five years he has achieved over $3 million in research funding whilst dedicating himself to education and teaching, thus developing an excellent knowledge of the field and achieving precedence within it.

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