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Sensor Placement Optimization

Systems and System Design

Sensor/Actuator Network Configuration

  1. Robert J. Barthorpe,
  2. Keith Worden

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm086

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

How to Cite

Barthorpe, R. J. and Worden, K. 2009. Sensor Placement Optimization. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

Author Information

  1. University of Sheffield, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sheffield, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


Structural health monitoring (SHM) systems depend critically on using the correct number of sensors and on positioning them appropriately on the structure. A rigorous approach to this problem requires an optimization methodology as described in this article. The article begins with a definition of the problem and provides a literature review covering relevant methodologies. The basic theories of the main approaches are then discussed in more detail. Finally, the article provides an illustrative case study of a combinatorial optimization method based on the problem of impact location on a composite panel.


  • sensor placement;
  • combinatorial optimization;
  • subset selection;
  • ant colony metaphors;
  • impact location