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Military Aircraft

Principles of SHM-based Structural Monitoring, Design and Maintenance


  1. Mark M. Derriso1,
  2. Steven E. Olson2,
  3. Martin P. DeSimio2

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm198

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

How to Cite

Derriso, M. M., Olson, S. E. and DeSimio, M. P. 2009. Military Aircraft. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Wright Patterson Air Force Base, US Air Force Research Laboratory, OH, USA

  2. 2

    University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


Structural health monitoring (SHM) has the potential to reduce cost, increase availability, and maintain safety of current and future military aircraft. Ideally, SHM systems would be an integral part of integrated systems health management (ISHM) technologies. These ISHM methods would be able to determine the health of an entire vehicle based on combined assessments of various vehicle subsystems, such as the vehicle structure. To date, however, few fielded SHM systems exist for aerospace structures. There must be both a business justification to field such systems as well as technical feasibility. For at least certain aerospace applications, a strong business case can be made for implementing such a system. The SHM community also has made considerable efforts to address the technical challenges. Assuming that the business and technical challenges can be overcome, various near-term and far-term aerospace applications can be identified.


  • structural health monitoring;
  • integrated systems health management;
  • aircraft maintenance;
  • military aircraft