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Advanced modelling of ultrasonic wave interaction with damage for enhanced failure identification technologies in industrial composite structures

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Project "UltraSafe" data sheet

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address: University Park
postcode: NG7 2RD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-02-25   to  2020-02-24


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 Project objective

The EU is a world leader in the transport industry, with the aeronautical sector alone providing more than 500,000 jobs and generating a turnover of EUR 140 billion annually. Development of structural safety technologies have always been of paramount importance for Europe. With regard to the aeronautical sector, approximately 1.3 billion passengers fly around the globe every year, rendering aviation safety a major societal challenge worldwide. Flightpath 2050 sets out a vision for a future aerospace industry placing airworthiness at the heart of technology developments in order to keep Europe competitive in this strategically important global industry. Modern industrial structures are increasingly made of composite layered materials due to their well-known benefits. The usage of composite structures however implies a greater range of possible structural failure modes for which the structure has to be frequently and thoroughly inspected. For instance, approximately 27% of an average modern aircraft’s lifecycle cost is spent on inspection and repair . The use of ‘offline’ structural inspection techniques currently leads to a massive reduction of the product’s availability and significant financial losses for the operator. Ultrasonic Guided Waves (UGWs) have exhibited strong potential for detecting damage signatures in composite structures, however understanding UGW interaction with realistic nonlinear damage scenarios is still a fundamental technological and scientific issue which remains unresolved. UltraSafe will bring together an ER being expert in ‘Bayesian based system identification’ and a host institution carrying leading academic know-how in ‘UGW interaction modelling’ in order to develop the next generation of ‘online’, fast and robust damage identification tools for industrial composite structures. The secondment of the ER to ANOVA will ensure the applicability of this new damage identification methodology to real-world industrial scenarios.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Zhao, M., Yan, W., Ren, W., & Beer, M.
Probabilistic Modelling for Frequency Response Functions and Transmissibility Functions with Complex Ratio Statistics
published pages: 2714-2719, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL) 2020-03-05
2020 Wang-Ji Yan, Costas Papadimitriou, Lambros S. Katafygiotis, Dimitrios Chronopoulos
An analytical perspective on Bayesian uncertainty quantification and propagation in mode shape assembly
published pages: 106376, ISSN: 0888-3270, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2019.106376
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing 135 2020-03-05
2020 Wang-Ji Yan, Dimitrios Chronopoulos, Costas Papadimitriou, Sergio Cantero-Chinchilla, Guo-Shu Zhu
Bayesian inference for damage identification based on analytical probabilistic model of scattering coefficient estimators and ultrafast wave scattering simulation scheme
published pages: 115083, ISSN: 0022-460X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2019.115083
Journal of Sound and Vibration 468 2020-03-05
2019 Yan, Wangji; Chronopoulos, Dimitrios; Papadimitriou, Costas; Cantero-Chinchilla, Sergio; Zhu, Guo-Shu
Bayesian damage characterization based on probabilistic model of scattering coefficients and hybrid wave finite element model scheme
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Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 2020-03-05
2017 D. Chronopoulos, C. Droz, R. Apalowo, M. Ichchou, W.J. Yan
Accurate structural identification for layered composite structures, through a wave and finite element scheme
published pages: 566-578, ISSN: 0263-8223, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.09.062
Composite Structures 182 2020-01-27

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