Structural health monitoring: Cooling towers

Study level


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor David Thambiratnam
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Most of our infrastructure is built to last a long time. But during their service lives, they may experience distress due to structural deterioration, environmental effects, random actions such as impacts and seismic activity and change in loading.

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) has emerged as an appropriate technique to monitor the health of our infrastructure and detect damage at its on-set. SHM is particularly appropriate for large structures such as bridges, dams and cooling towers in which some parts of the structure are not accessible (nor visible).

This project will focus on developing an effective SHM method for cooling towers to detect and locate damage. It will use vibration characteristics of the structure.

Research activities

The project will involve some analytical and some experimental work and will be carried out in a team environment.


You will develop or contribute towards the development of an effective SHM method for damage detection in cooling towers. The method can be extended to other shell structures such as water tanks and tall chimneys.

Skills and experience

  • You must be enrolled or have completed: EGB475 and EGB485.
  • You must also have a knowledge of structural vibration and computer modelling (FEM).


Contact the supervisor for more information.