Space Related Research
The application of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) to future space missions has the potential to significantly improve the safety and reliability of the flight and lower the cost of re-use vehicles. However, this application is extremely challenging for two main reasons: the harsh space environment and the high level of safety requirements imposed by the space industry.
The SI&HM group’s research objective relevant to space application has been focused on:
- Development of SHM technologies that survive the operational conditions of a launch vehicle.
- Development of SHM methodologies to assess the suitability for re-use of primary systems for re-entry vehicles.
On the computational side, the efforts have been focused on:
- To develop a numerical tool for modelling hyper-velocity impact, representing space debris/meteorite impact events
- Design a smart structure + shield to detect and categorize impact event based on SHM systems.
Relevant research projects: Material aspects on re-usability of space transportation hardware, funded by European Space Agency, with an international consortium consisting of Fluid Gravity Engineering Ltd (FGE), Imperial College London (ICL) and MT Aerospace AG (MTA).