Adaptive residual useful life estimation of a structural hotspot

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In conventional approaches to life prognosis, damage tolerance and fatigue life predictions are obtained based on assumed structural flaws, regardless of whether they actually occur in service. Consequently, a large degree of conservatism is incorporated into structural designs due to these uncertainties. In a real time environment, keeping track of the damage growth in a complex structural component manually is quite difficult and requires automatic damage state estimation. The current research on structural health monitoring (or on-line damage state estimation) techniques offers condition-based damage state prediction and corresponding residual useful life assessment. The real-time damage state information from an on-line state estimation model can be regularly fed to a predictive model to update the residual useful life estimation in the event of a new prevailing situation. This article discusses the use of an adaptive prognosis procedure, which integrates an on-line state estimation algorithm with an off-line predictive algorithm to estimate the condition-based residual useful life of structural hotspots such as a lug joint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-335
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • 2024-T351 aluminum alloy
  • Adaptive prognosis
  • Bayesian inference
  • Condition-based residual useful life estimate
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Gaussian process
  • Off-line state prediction
  • On-line state estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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