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Global in flight health monitoring platform for composite aerostructures based on advanced VIBRATION based methods

European Union
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€1 962 206
EU Contribution
€1 479 170
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS

The VIBRATION project aims to provide an improved solution for the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of composite structures based on the vibration characteristics of the structure during operation. The resulting SHM platform will employ advance vibration based techniques in order to provide information on the damage location and severity.


Work Plan

WP 1 Finalisation of specifications

WP 2 Lab scale experiments

WP 3 FE and damage modelling

WP 4 Advanced signal processing tool

WP 5 Prototype SHM platform development

WP 6 Full scale demonstration

WP 7 Exploitation and dissemination

WP 8 Consortium Management


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
The European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme


Vibrations detect aircraft defects

EU-funding is supporting the development of a novel in-flight vibration-based structural monitoring platform trained to detect defects via modelling rather than real experience. Significant advantages in time, cost and safety are expected.

In-flight structural health monitoring of composite aero structures can be a complex task requiring many types of sensors.

Vibrational behaviour is a good global characteristic that offers the potential to significantly reduce the number of sensors.

However, practical application of vibration-based structural health monitoring strategies requires many real-world training sessions for successful fault detection, identification and localisation. Simulated training is replacing the majority of real-world tests for substantial time and cost savings within the scope of the EU-funded project (VIBRATION).

Scientists are planning to manufacture four full-size composite booms equipped with the vibrational structural health monitoring platform to study damage after impact as the test case.

Finite element modelling will be used for simulated training. During the first period, the team began the manufacture of 45 small-scale composite parts integrating a selected resin and two types of fibre reinforcements.

The first batch is now undergoing vibration characterisation in the healthy state.

Similar tests will be conducted after impact damage.

In addition, researchers conducted 16 different static and frequency analyses employing various finite element approaches.

This aided in the selection of the most suitable model for the small-scale specimens. VIBRATION has devoted its preliminary work to laying the foundations for the demonstrators and the final experiments in the real aerospace component to facilitate maximum technological readiness.

The end-user partner has invested heavily in the demonstrators, evidence of industry interest in exploitation of results. The in-flight structural health monitoring platform for aerospace composites based on vibrational signals should reduce the complexity of sensor networks and improve passenger and crew safety.

Training on models will also significantly decrease the time and cost of inspection and maintenance, thus boosting the competitive position of the aerospace industry.


Lead Organisation
Twi Limited
Granta Park Great Abington, Cambridge, CB1 6AL, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€434 898
Partner Organisations
Atard Savunma Ve Havacilik Sanayi Ileri Teknoloji Uygulamalari Arastirma Ve Gelistirme A.s.
Hadimkoy San Bir 5 Bolge 12 Cad No 106 Bolum 2/3 Buyukcekmece, 34500 Istanbul, Turkey
EU Contribution
€198 425
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
Ben Gurion International Airport, Lod 70100, Israel
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€134 916
Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis
Charilaou Thermi Road, 57001 Thermi Thessaloniki, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€86 000
Fundacion Centro De Tecnologias Aeronauticas
Parque Tecnologico De Alava (Minano), C/ Juan De La Cierva 1, 1510 Minano (Alava), Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€99 500
Advances & Innovation In Science & Engineering Co Ee
Odos Gymnasiarchou Madia 17, 82100 Chios, Greece
EU Contribution
€269 391
Panepistimio Patron
University Campus- Rio, 26500 Patras, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€256 040


Technology Theme
Condition monitoring
Structural health monitoring based on modelling
Development phase

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