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Structural Health Monitoring

Our objective is to design engineering systems and solutions able to monitor, even in remote, through the use of sensor networks and space-based data, the structural behaviour of a mechanical system during its operational lifetime and to provide a series of information useful to establish the integrity status and correct functioning. This sensor network can also incorporate energy harvesting capabilities for self-powering. Smart Structures Solutions aims at providing Structural Health Monitoring solutions applied to several sectors including civil infrastructures, telecommunication broadcast towers, energy transmission assets, etc..

The Telecommunication Sector

The service aims at presenting to the user data and reports about the integrity status of its broadcast towers.

Structural Health Monitoring

The main added value of this solution is providing the user with data of primary importance to assess the structural behaviour of the asset without the need of a deep and expensive inspection of the site. A remote data acquisition & processing allows the user to increase the awareness of the status of the assets during the routine operational service and in case of special environmental conditions. The SHM service for Telecom Towers has an architecture based on the integration of three main segments: a local sensor network, a space segment and a data processing station.

Structural Health Monitoring

The Energy Transmission Sector

The proposed service allows customer to have information, in a continuous and in remote manner, about the status of specific elements of the power network. The integrity solution is composed of two separated elements:

Structural Health Monitoring

  1. Local Devices, which are autonomous and energy-independent (powered by battery and solar panel), are designed not require maintenance interventions. Two different typologies are local devices are used:
    1. GNSS Node, for monitoring pylons subjected to sliding problems, composed of a GNSS receiver and an electronic board (acquiring data from the receiver, pre-processing and transmitting them to user control centre through terrestrial network) enclosed in an IP67 box, capable to let the inner components survive in outdoor environment.
    2. Structural Node, for monitoring pylons critical (obsolete, subjected to strong environmental solicitations, etc.), composed of piezo sensor(s), electronic boards (acquiring data from sensor(s), pre-processing and transmitting them to a user control centre through terrestrial networks) enclosed in an IP67 box, capable to let the inner components survive in outdoor environments.
  2. Extended Monitoring, performed using SAR images, for monitoring pylons located in critical areas. The solution is designed to catch the opportunity provided by the “space left blank” from existing solutions and approaches (e.g. helicopter survey, foot patrols).

Structural Health Monitoring
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