This talk describes the embedded optical fibre sensor systems for smart aircraft composite structures. First, a summary of the current Japanese national project on structural integrity diagnosis of aircraft composite structures is described with special emphasis on the use of embedded small-diameter optical fibre sensors including FBG sensors. Then, some examples of life-cycle monitoring of aircraft composite structures are presented using embedded small-diameter optical fibre sensors for low-cost and reliable manufacturing merits.
BIOGRAPHY: Nobuo Takeda is currently Professor, Department of Advanced Energy and Associate Dean, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He is also Professor, Dept. Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering. His research includes experimental micromechanics of composites and smart composite structural health monitoring (SHM). He has led several Japanese national projects on SHM. He is Asian Editor of Composites Part A, and Associate Editor of Smart Materials and Structures. He has published more than 280 refereed journal papers and 40 review articles, and delivered 30 Plenary/Keynote talks.[back]