Methods for Sensing and Monitoring Fatigue Cracks and Their Applicability for Marine Structures

Authors Erik Puik , Miroslaw Kaminski , Menno van der Horst
Published in Proceedings of the Twenty-third (2013) International Offshore and Polar Engineering
Publication date 2013
Type Lecture

Summary

In order to guarantee structural integrity of marine structures in an effective way, operators of these structures seek an affordable, simple and robust system for monitoring detected cracks. Such systems are not yet available and the authors took a challenge to research a possibility of developing such a system. The paper describes the initial research steps made. In the first place, this includes reviewing conventional and recent methods for sensing and monitoring fatigue cracks and discussing their applicability for marine structures. A special attention is given to the promising but still developing new sensing techniques. In the second place, wireless network systems are reviewed because they form an attractive component of the desired system. The authors conclude that it is feasible to develop the monitoring system for detected cracks in marine structures and elaborate on implications of availability of such a system on risk based inspections and structural health monitoring systems

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  • Erik Puik
    Erik Puik
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Microsystems Technology

Language English
Published in Proceedings of the Twenty-third (2013) International Offshore and Polar Engineering
Key words Fatigue crack, nondestructive testing, asset integrity management, marine structures, crack monitoring system

Erik Puik

Erik Puik

Erik Puik

  • Professor
  • Research group: Microsystems Technology