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A wireless network with autonomously powered and active long range acoustic nodes for total structural health monitoring of bridges

Objective

Wireless sensor networks have been identified as a research priority by the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS). Recognising this, the SME's in this Project are seeking EC funding to develop a prototype wide-area wireless sensor network with autonomous nodes containing non-destructive (NDT) sensors, for structural health monitoring (SHM) of large structures, specifically bridges and vessels in petrochemical plant. They have formed a consortium with expertise in a range of technologies needed to optimise solutions and develop this innovative new product.
The aim is to develop an NDT node that is autonomous and self-configuring for optimal performance, and requires no maintenance over its operating life. The nodes will be packaged for reliable operation in hazardous environments and will rely on energy harvesting to provide long-term power supply. The wireless communications will allow simple place-and-play usability. The NDT techniques to be implemented are long range ultrasonics for global monitoring of a structure, ACFM for local surface corrosion and cracks, pulse-echo ultrasonics for internal corrosion and tip diffraction ultrasonics for internal cracks. The prototype will show scalability up to very large structures.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/structural engineering/structural health monitoring
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/smart sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 90 353
Administrative Contact
David Hamper (Mr.)

Participants (8)

VERMON SA
France
EU contribution
€ 277 247,10
Address
Rue General Renault 180
37000 Tours
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Yves Corduan (Mr.)
CP INTERNATIONAL APS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 86 554,50
Address
Gisselfeldvej 4
2665 Vallensbaek Strand
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Chess (Mr.)
TANGENT TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 245 575,40
Address
High Street 46-48A
SL1 7JP Burnham Buckinghamshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Walker (Ms.)
HUMBER BRIDGE BOARD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 21 000
Address
Ferriby Road
HU13 OJG Hessle
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
John Cooper (Mr.)
KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 16 500
Address
Worship Street 28-30 Crystal Gate
EC2A 2AH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Baksheesh Kaur (Ms.)
Feldman Enterprises Limited
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 15 000
Address
Angiou Pavlou 15
1105 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Spyros C Kerkyras (Mr.)
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN ENGINEERING AND SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 799,50
Address
Marine Crescent 11 Toll Gate
G51 1HD Glasgow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Campbell (Mr.)
POLKOM BADANIA SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 149 970,50
Address
Uk Ignacego Krasickiego 35
02 611 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ella Schabowicz (Ms.)