Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is an emerging technology, dealing with the development and implementation of techniques and systems where monitoring, inspection and damage detection become an integral part of structures and thus a matter of automation. It further merges with a variety of techniques related to diagnostics and prognostics of structures such as aircrafts, bridges, buildings, power-plants, etc.
The European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (EWSHM) was first successfully run in 2002 in Cachan near Paris/France, followed by events held in Munich/Germany (2004), Granada/Spain (2006), Krakow/Poland (2008), Sorrento/Italy (2010), Dresden/Germany (2012) and Nantes/France (2014). It has grown over the years significantly and has become the strong counterpart to the International Workshop on SHM (IWSHM) held in Stanford/CA every odd year.
EWSHM addresses a fairly wide field in science including subjects such as:
- Physical monitoring principles in general (visual, mechanical, acoustic, electrical, thermal, etc.)
- Signal processing (FFT, wavelet, PCA, feature extraction, pattern recognition, etc.)
- Structural simulation (stress & strain, modal, acoustics, electromagnetics, thermal, neural networks, etc.)
- Sensors and sensor systems (network, wireless and smart sensors piezoelectric, fibre optic, electromagnetic, MEMS, nano agents, etc.)
- Principles of SHM-based structural monitoring, design, and maintenance
- SHM applications (aerospace, marine, railway, automotive, pipelines, civil engineering, energy generation and distribution, production, etc.)
As in 2012, EWSHM will be merged with the 2nd European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society. Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) has become an increasingly important subject, specifically within the context of getting SHM into application. The Conference will bring together the global community of PHM experts from industry, academia, and government in application areas such as energy, aerospace, transportation, automotive, and industrial automation. The conference will feature tutorials, a panel session, technical papers and a joint session with SHM.