Structural Health Monitoring
Structural health monitoring is an important area of research because of its implications to industry and society at large. When a machine is damaged or breaks, it is critical to know right away so the machine can be stopped and serviced. If the machine is kept in operation, catastrophic failure can occur damaging property and injuring people.
Health monitoring is the continuous evaluation of the condition of a system such that it is known immediately when a fault occurs. Successful structural health monitoring leads to lower maintenance cost (due to less down time and inspections) and higher safety (due to the immediate detection of faults).
RoMaDyC performs research in structural health monitoring, originally motivated by the needs of rotordynamic systems, but has since been widened to all structures.