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11 April 2007 Structural health monitoring potential determination based on maintenance process analysis
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A major reason why structural health monitoring (SHM) has still not come into the successful application is the lack of being able to describe the resulting cost advantages SHM might have when being implemented on components of an engineering system. This paper provides an idea how the maintenance process of a mechanical system such as an aircraft can be simulated by using a commercial software tool named ARENA. The procedure allows the different structural components to be inspected along the critical path of an optimised maintenance process to be identified. The critical components are then assessed in terms of SHM implementation and the solution is fed back into the maintenance process simulation. The original and the modified processes are finally compared in terms of duration and cost with the objective to enhance aircraft operability. The procedure is illustrated on the basis of different aerospace applications.
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C. Boller, H. Kapoor, and W. T. Goh "Structural health monitoring potential determination based on maintenance process analysis", Proc. SPIE 6527, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2007, 65270C (11 April 2007);

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