All of NASA's current and future space vehicle programs will benefit significantly from this project, wherein the key technological challenge is to develop methodologies for high fidelity monitoring and characterization of load, stress, strain, flaws, fatigue, and degradation in complex built-up structures. NASA's Robotic Exploration Program has a critical need for advanced sensors, sensor systems, sensor techniques, and software that enhances and expands NASA's current SHM capabilities to mitigate the risk of catastrophic failure. Specific NASA applications of the propose EFISense SHM system include un-attended inspections on large and complex composite structures, i.e., decelerator systems – parachutes and ballutes, honeycomb structures, multi-wall pressure vessels, thermal blankets, meteoroid shields, batteries, etc., commonly found in spacecraft, and habitats, and support infrastructures.SHM technologies and services provide important day-to-day structural health monitoring inspection and evaluation of a structure. These services contribute to the high level of quality, reliability, and integrity NASA uses for its space vehicles program including spacecraft, and habitats, and support infrastructures. Synthetic material structures continue to find wide aerospace applications due to low weight and high strength requirements. Defects in syntehtic materials can inadvertently be produced either during the manufacturing process, transportation, or in the course of the normal se
The non-destructive test, equipment, and services market generated revenues of $3.77 billion in 2013 with a projection to reach $6.88 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 8.96% between 2014 and 2020.  ROI and its strategic partners expect to capitalize within this market opportunity based on the expected successful development, demonstration, and commercialization of the FAULSense system and to aggressively capture over 5% of the acousto ultrasound monitoring market for aerospace and avionics applications within five years of operations after completion of the Phase II program. This represents a potential business opportunity of over $320 million for ROI and its strategic commercialization partners. Major industries ROI will pursue include the aerospace and aviation industry, oil & gas and petrochemical industries, wind turbines, utilities, coal and gas and nuclear power and water treatment plants, automotive, seaports, warehouses, military facilities, airports, civil engineering construction, and healthcare.