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Welcome to the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) laboratory in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego.
What is SHM? Generally speaking, SHM is the process of making an assessment, based on appropriate analyses of in-situ measured data, about the current ability of a structural component or system to perform its intended design function(s) successfully. Damage prognosis (DP) extends this process by considering how the SHM assessment, when combined with probabilistic future loading and failure mode models with relevant sources of uncertainty adequately quantified, may be used to forecast remaining useful life (RUL) or similar performance-level variables in a way that facilitates efficient life cycle management of the structure or system. A successful SHM/DP strategy may enable significant ownership cost reduction through maintenance optimization, performance maximization during operation, and unscheduled downtime minimization, and/or enable significant life safety advantage through catastrophic failure mitigation.
Our research group is primarily involved in developing novel SHM/DP solutions and SHM-enabling technologies (such as energy harvesting) for many “smart structures” applications (mechanical, aerospace, and civil). SHM/DP is a very multi-disciplinary field, as any SHM/DP strategy inevitably must include elements of data acquisition/sensing, data mining and feature extraction from acquired data, and statistical modeling and classification of features weighed by costs in a way that facilitates risk-informed decision-making. As such, SHM/DP research involves structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, statistical science, and even economics and policy.
Our very broad research portfolio is represented in more detail in the Project Archive. Moreover, through a unique partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory called the Engineering Institute, we have also created the country’s only specialized graduate degree program in SHM/DP and validated simulation.
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Professor Mike Todd, Director
TWO PhD STUDENTS SELECTED AS 2013-14 UCSD GORDON SCHOLARS
Friday, September 18 2013
PhD students Colin Haynes and Scott Ouellette were both recently selected through a competitive application process to participate in the 2013-14 UCSD Gordon Scholar Program...
SHM GROUP MEMBER WINS STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING BEST POSTER AT 2013 JSoE RESEARCH EXPO
Thursday, April 18 2013
SHM Group Ph.D. student Scott Ouellette was recently awarded the Best Poster award for the Structural Engineering department at the 2013 Jacobs School of Engineering (JSoE) Research Expo...
SE PH.D ALUMNUS AWARDED DIRECTOR'S-FUNDED POSTDOCTORAL POSITION
Wednesday, September 26 2012
SE Ph.D. alumnus Erik Moro (2012) has been awarded a Director's-Funded Postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Director's-Funded postdoc program is the most prestigious one at...
SE STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATE (NDSEG) FELLOWSHIP
Wednesday, July 27 2011
SE graduate student Dustin Harvey was awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship beginning September of this year. NDSEG Fellows receive three years of funding...