Due to the superior characteristics over conventional materials, composite materials have been widely adopted in aerospace industry. However, the poor impact resistance of such materials may lead to barely visible impact damages and result in stiffness degradation and a significant loss of structural integrity. On the other hand, comparing to metal structures, damage performance of composites are much more complex. Hence PHM of composite structures has been an important research aspect of PHM technology for a long time. This presentation review the needs for composite PHM in aerospace vehicles. Emphasis is laid on recent developments in this direction at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics , China
Dr. Shenfang Yuan, Changjiang Chair Professor in Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Director of Smart Materials and Structures, Director of Institute and Research Center for SHM & Prognosis, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Yuan’s main research interests include structural health monitoring, smart structures, smart sensor and measurement technology. She has authored 2 books, over 200 journal papers and holds more than 40 Chinese invention patents. She is the PI of a number of import projects, including NSFC Innovative Group founding, NSFC founding for Distinguished Young Scientists, Key Project from National Science Foundation of China and etc. She received the SHM person of year Award (2017), is the Winner of EWSHM Best Paper Award (2016) and a number of important awards in China. Dr. Yuan serves as the associate editor of Structural Health Monitoring - An International Journal, is an elected member of the Steering Committee of European Workshop on Structure Health Monitoring. She also has served as conference chair, co-chair, session chair and international scientific committee members of international conferences over 50 times.