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ESRs at SHM, prognostics and management forums

Bilbao (Spain), 5-8 Jul 2016
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Three Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) were present in European conferences organised jointly at the Euskalduna Conference Center in Bilbao (Spain) from 5th to 8th July 2016. António Barrias (ESR11) and JJ Moughty (ESR10) from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and Matteo Vagnoli (ESR9) from University of Nottingham attended the 8th European Workshop on Civil Structural Health Monitoring (EWSHM 2016) and the 3th European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society (PHME16) respectively. EWSHM started in 2002 and has grown significantly, over the years, to become the strong counterpart to the International Workshop on SHM (IWSHM) held in Stanford, CA every odd-numbered year. PHME conference series started in 2009 and it brings together experts in Prognostic and Health Management from industry, academia, and government in diverse application areas such as energy, aerospace, transportation, automotive, and industrial automation.

Matteo Vagnoli presented the initial results of his research project during a 2 hour poster session period in front of more than 100 PHME delegates. TRUSS papers “Review of civil engineering applications with distributed optical fiber sensor” by António Barrias  and “Vibration Based Damage Detection Techniques for Small to Medium Span Bridges: A Review and Case Study” by JJ Moughty were presented at the workshop and published in the EWSHM proceedings. Antonio talked at 18:10 on Tuesday 5th within the session “Civil Structures. Modeling, experimental demonstrations” chaired by W. Habel (BAM Berlin, Germany), J Lynch (Univ. Michigan, USA) and D. Inaudi (Smartec, Switzerland). JJ talked at 11:20 on Thursday 7 within the session “SHM for bridges” chaired by Dr. Jesus Isoird (Tecnalia, Spain), Dr. Belén Riveiro (Univ. Vigo) and Dr. Fernando Moreu (Univ. of New Mexico).

Poster by Matteo Vagnoli can be visualized by clicking and enlarging the image below.

Quoting EWSHM2016 website: “SHM is defined as the process of acquiring and analysing data from on-board sensors to evaluate the health of a structure. The main characteristic inherent to any SHM system is that sensors have to be embedded or permanently attached to the structure, leading to the main advantage of SHM compared to Non-Destructive Testing (NDT): the inspection process can be automated, without disassembly, thus providing large savings in expected maintenance costs (reductions of up to 60% are foreseen in aircraft maintenance costs, and similarly for bridges and other infrastructures)…”   More details in the conference links and Matteo’s blog provided below.

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