Composite Damage Detection
The behavior and performance of composite structures can be significantly affected by degradation induced by exposure to environmental conditions or damage caused by handling conditions, such as impact, loading, abuse, or neglect. Such damages are not always visible on the surface of the structure and could potentially lead to catastrophic structural failures.
To ensure a structure's integrity and performance, damages must be detected early and accurately. Therefore, damage detection in composite structures is an important application for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM).
A composite damage detection system, powered by Acellent's SHM-Composite software, is ideal for monitoring large composite structures, such as aircraft wings, fuselage, wind blades, and pressure vessels. An SHM system identifies and quantifies damages, such as delaminations and disbonds, that may arise due to impacts or other sources, thus reducing maintenance costs over the lifecycle of the monitored asset.