The successful completion of the Phase I program would directly benefit the Adaptable, Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) program as well as the HEEET Woven TPS program, both of which are currently focused on the use of 3D weaves in ablative TPS. The pairing of fiber optic sensor measurements with analytical software tools ? which can rapidly translate measured yarn-level strain and temperature changes to compute a composite level response ? allows for a robust, widely applicable, SHM tool.
There are potential applications of the SHM software tool developed under the proposed effort to be used within the Department of Defense (DoD). The use of 3D woven preforms in ballistic armor applications creates a need for real-time SHM focused on diagnosing and reporting degradation to a composite system.