On 14-18 November, the European Commission-funded training network "Guided Waves for Structural Health Monitoring" (GW4SHM) training week took place at the department of Civil Engineering and Architecture in TalTech.
The workshop was attended by PhD students involved in the project, their supervisors and industry partners from different European universities and companies. The topics of the workshop were different ultrasonic-based inspection and monitoring technologies applied to make the energy, aerospace, construction and chemical industries safer. Methods for detecting and quantifying defects in composite materials, steel tubes, welds and adhesive joints were examined. Monitoring challenges at Estonian companies Estanc and GScan were also visited and discussed. A quick start-up training session was also conducted, and the participants competed in an elevator speech presenting their research topic.
The GW4SHM project has been set up to prepare a new generation of researchers who will create new solutions in the field of structural integrity monitoring. Structural health monitoring is essential to guarantee the safe and reliable operation of technical appliances and will be a key enabler to exploit emerging technologies such as remaining useful lifetime prognosis, condition-based maintenance, and digital twins. The representative from TalTech in the GW4SHM consortium is Senior Researcher Madis Ratassepp from the department of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The project was partly supported by the city of Tallinn.