A Novel Live Failure Detection Method for Composite Material Systems

Mark Bowkett, Kary Thanapalan

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This paper presents an analysis of composite structures and fault detection mechanisms with reference to aerospace and sport applications. This work introduces a novel live failure detection and critical failure prevention mechanism primarily for composite materials. Firstly a bicycle system is studied and used as the basis for the investigation. Further research and development is carried out on a quadcopter system to investigate the practical applicability of the live structural failure detection method. The results indicate that the live failure detection method is one of the best possible methods to prevent critical failures in such systems when to compared to available systems today.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • fault detection
  • control structure,
  • quadcopter system
  • live failure detection
  • bicycle
  • condition monitoring


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