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Decentralized structural health monitoring using smart sensors
Author(s): B. F. Spencer Jr.; T. Nagayama; Jennifer A. Rice
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Paper Abstract

Decentralized computing is required to harvest the rich information that a dense array of smart sensors can make available for structural health monitoring (SHM). Though smart sensor technology has seen substantial advances during recent years, implementation of smart sensors on full-scale structures has been limited. Direct replacement of wired sensing systems with wireless sensor networks is not straight-forward as off-the-shelf wireless systems are unlikely to provide the data users expect. Sensor component characteristics limit the quality of data collected due to packet loss during communication, time synchronization errors, and slow communication speeds. This paper describes a scalable, decentralized approach to SHM using smart sensors, including the middleware services which address these issues common to smart sensor applications for structural health monitoring. In addition, the results of experimental validation are given. Finally, ongoing research addressing other factors critical to successful implementation of a full-scale smart sensor network for SHM are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2008
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6932, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008, 693202 (24 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.791077
Show Author Affiliations
B. F. Spencer Jr., Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
T. Nagayama, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Jennifer A. Rice, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6932:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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