A Structural Health Monitoring Workshop Roadmap for Transitioning Critical Technology from Research to Practice

Project: Research project

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DoD is transforming its weapon platforms maintenance from scheduled to condition based maintenance (CBM) in an effort to extend lifetimes, reduce maintenance costs, and increase readiness. At the same time, R&D efforts to develop sensor systems and data processing algorithms are demonstrating sufficient maturity and performance to make them attractive candidates for DoD platforms. In spite of this overlap of interests, closing the gap between technology developers and end-users remains frustratingly difficult. Part of the problem seems to be that few developers understand what it takes to convince program managers that their system is ready for real-world use, and many program managers have limited knowledge as to the capabilities offered by these emerging systems. In an attempt to bridge this gap, several workshops were held the last two years (for example, the meetings of June 2-3, 2008, Atlanta, GA, Aug. 11, 2008, Covington, KY, and Nov. 18-20, 2008, Austin, TX) where attendees discussed implementation issues in structural health monitoring (SHM). The goal of these workshops was to discuss why SHM systems are not achieving real-world success and also to define what needs to be done by the system developers so that end-users can be convinced of an SHM systems efficacy. Although these workshops set out to construct a research roadmap to SHM, they failed to produce a tangible resource that would facilitate the transition of SHM technology. This missing information reduces the likelihood that the gap between technology developers and end-users will be closed in the near future . We believe that our proposed workshop will be successful in providing this missing information to the community and in discussing and documenting the needs and technical barriers that are preventing the transition of the SHM technology to the end-user. Our confidence in the success of this workshop is based on the following: 1) We have already ensured that the list of attendees includes technology developers, system implementers, as well as end-users. 2) We will organize the workshop discussions to be carefully targeted at bridging the gap between the technology developers and the end-users. 3) We will disseminate the workshop results in constructing a research roadmap to SHM in two different methods: (a) we will publish a technical report summarizing the technical barriers and research roadmaps for DoD joint services towards SHM (to be made available to all attendees as well as to all interested DoD personnel); and (b) a shorter report to be published on-line so that it is more readily available to both developers and end-users.
Effective start/end date9/30/109/29/11


  • DOD-USAF-AFRL: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR): $58,502.00


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