CrackGuard: monitoring fatigue cracks in steel structures
Themes: Software technology & Intelligent Systems, Structural Engineering
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Steel structures in the maritime, offshore and civil industry are continuously cyclically loaded, resulting in fatigue damage. Periodic visual inspection of fatigue cracks in large steel structures is very costly and often hazardous.
The non-invasive, wireless, low-power CrackGuard system monitors cracks by measuring discontinuities in the magnetic field in the vicinity of the defect. It can be applied on any steel structure that suffers from fatigue damage.
Prof. dr. ir. Mirek Kaminski