CESAR Training Workshop: Smart Structural Health Monitoring

Mr. Hansen (MERL), Dr. Scheerer (ARCS), and Dr.Cokonaj (AERNNOVA) during measurements on the panel placed inside climatic chamber

The event, named Experimental Week, took place at the laboratory of VZLU Strength of Structures Division within week 20, from 11th to 15th May 2009. During the week the CESAR project Task 2.4 participants were testing their sophisticated systems for Smart Structural Health Monitoring on composite panels under elevated temperature/humidity conditions. These atmospheric conditions were simulated in the climatic chamber and the panels were fatigue loaded simultaneously during the validation tests.

The attendance of the CESAR project participants who are involved in development of modern structure health monitoring systems was used as an opportunity to hold a CESAR Project Training Workshop at the VZLU laboratory on 14th May 2009. The workshop was open for CESAR project participants, students of technical universities and potential users of the CESAR project results. The workshop was divided into three main parts. Workshop participants were informed about VZLU activities and the CESAR European Integrated Project in the first part of the workshop. The CESAR project participants then presented six contributions within the second part outlining their particular SHM technologies and benefits. The third part was devoted to a tour of the panel tests in the elevated temperature/humidity conditions and a demonstration of an impact test on the composite specimens. The tests were under way and participants took advantage of the opportunity to discuss measurement instrumentations, their properties and results obtained during testing. At the close of the tour the VZLU Drop weight impactor tester was demonstrated for impact damage to composite plate.

Participant name Company Title of contribution
Michael Scheerer


Online Damage Detection of Composite Structures by ARC Acoustic Emission on Demand Algorithm (ARCAEDA)
Jiří Běhal


Acoustic Emission Method Evaluation in Structure Testing Application
Valerijan Čokonaj


SHM Equipment and the Future Perspectives of AERNNOVA Structural Radar Technology
Antonio Calabrò


Structural Damages Identification by Vibration Parameters Acquired by Fibre Optic Sensors
Daniel Dębski



Functional Model of Autonomous Loads and Fatigue Recorder
Peter Hansen


Use of Fibre Bragg Gratings as SHM tool on Composite Structure