Structural health monitoring (SHM) technologies

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To discuss your project or find out more about how we can support your business, contact:

Dean Flanagan, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 613-990-8319

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Technical service highlights

Along with its world-class research infrastructure for structural health monitoring (SHM), NRC provides targeted expertise in damage detection and characterization, as well as in load monitoring at facilities in Ottawa and Boucherville. This knowledge is NRC's value-added, ensuring structural integrity in future aircraft, and providing both maintenance and weight savings benefits.

What we offer

NRC offers facilities, equipment and expertise for structural testing and evaluation in a broad range of loading and environmental conditions. We can provide static and cyclic load tests on everything from simple coupons to full-scale aircraft. We can also perform tests to confirm the structural integrity or to demonstrate the regulatory compliance of aerospace structures. SHM testing is carried out using the following platforms:

NRC researchers have access to a variety of sensors and techniques to identify and quantify damage in hot spot regions of aircraft structures. Available techniques include Surface Mountable Crack Detection Systems, Ultrasound SHM, Fiber Bragg Grating, MEMS and wireless technologies.

Why work with us

The NRC's Aerospace Research Centre's researchers and technical staff are recognized for their ability to design and develop test programs to meet airworthiness and space authorities' compliance standards, perform most ASTM tests, develop programs for standard and unique test requirements, and maintain links with domestic and international testing organizations. Most importantly, they deliver on time and at competitive rates.


We offer fee for service testing at competitive rates that include the support of test pilots, technical experts, research officers and engineers. Depending on the nature of a client's request, we also offer research and business opportunities that can translate into collaborative agreements or consortia work. Contact us to discuss your options and develop a customized plan to fit your technology needs.


Dean Flanagan, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 613-990-8319

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