This innovation uses sensor data to monitor structural health status, crucial for safety and efficiency. Currently sensors are attached outside of the structure to be monitored and there are problems with movement of the sensor. If sensors are placed within a structure the methods to place them can weaken the structure to be monitored.
POTENTIAL MARKET USES:
There are a wealth of market uses for 3D printed sensors, including structural health monitoring. As more devices are constructed by 3D printing the internal sensing will be available to improve the decisions in the safety, repair and replacement of those structures.
According to the new market research report, “Structural Health Monitoring Market by Solutions (Hardware: Sensors, Data Acquisition System; Software & Services), Technology (Wired and Wireless), End Users and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022”, this market is expected to grow from USD 701.4 million in 2015 to USD 3407.7 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 24.99% between 2016 and 2022. The rapidly aging infrastructure in North America and Europe has promoted the adoption of structural health monitoring solutions for civil infrastructure such as bridges, dams and tunnels. The increasing usage of composites in manufacturing of aircraft airframe structures, and inability of current non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques in monitoring hazardous and inaccessible areas within structures such as nuclear power plants and offshore wind farms are the factors driving the growth of structural health monitoring market.
STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT:
- Have created over 100 gauge samples and evaluated with load frame
- Created various geometries and construction techniques
- Developed predictive simulation and verified with the extensive sample set
3D printed sensors are advantageous over current sensors in the ability to place them directly at the point of sensing and are able to shape to the confines of the structure or body.