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G-11SHM, Structural Health Monitoring and Mgmt (AISC)
ARP6461 - Guidance on Structural Health Monitoring for Aerospace Applications
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Guidance on Structural Health Monitoring for Aerospace Applications
This document is applicable to civil and military aerospace airframe applications where stakeholders are seeking guidance on the development and certification of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies for Structural Health Management (SHMang) applications. 1.1 Purpose The document has these major purposes: • provide guidance for structural maintenance practices using SHM methods to facilitate the inclusion of these practices within maintenance and airworthiness documents • standardize and harmonize worldwide understanding about SHM (incl. terminology) • provide basic requirements to guide SHM technology development • provide guidance on certification issues related to SHM 1.2 Field of Application The application of the document is to provide guidance for, but not limited to: • development, maturation, design and certification of structural monitoring for application in civil air transport • modification of maintenance and management infrastructure to use and exploit SHM systems. • improvement of maintenance practices by an alternative tools to conventional NDI that can satisfying scheduled and/or unscheduled maintenance tasks in a cost effective manner Note: Although guidance such as this may be crucial to success, use of this guidance alone cannot be assumed to constitute regulatory agency acceptance. Any accepted use would be project specific following dialogue with the appropriate regulatory agency.
The development of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies to achieve Structural Health Management (SHMang) objectives in aerospace applications is an activity that spans multiple engineering disciplines. It is also recognized that many stakeholders: Regulatory Agencies, Airlines, OEM’s, Academia and equipment suppliers are crucial to the process of certifying viable SHM solutions. Thus common language, framework and recommended practices are needed to promote fruitful and efficient technology development.