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Loads Monitoring in Aerospace Structures

Principles of SHM-based Structural Monitoring, Design and Maintenance

Loads and Environment Monitoring

  1. Steve Reed

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm103

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

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Reed, S. 2009. Loads Monitoring in Aerospace Structures. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

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  1. QinetiQ, Farnborough, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


Loads monitoring can be defined as a structural usage substantiation activity. This activity involves the capture, analysis, and reporting of representative, directly measured strain data or derived loads and associated flight parameters from a sample of suitably instrumented in-service air vehicles within a fleet. The aim of this article is to describe the philosophy behind operational loads monitoring in aerospace structures, within the context of in-service structural health monitoring.


  • loads monitoring;
  • operational loads measurement;
  • usage monitoring;
  • structural loads