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Passive Ultrasonic Structural Health Monitoring

College of Engineering and Applied Science

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About the Project

About the project

Permanently installed sensors facilitate real time evaluation of the structural integrity of engineering assets. Guided ultrasonic measurements can be used to screen large areas for damage based on the transmission and reflection of the ultrasound; example structures are wind turbines and aircraft fuselages. Conventional measurement systems require sensors to actively excite the structure, and then record the structures response. In contrast, a passive monitoring system relies on incidental external stimulus (that would normally be considered noise) to provide the measurement signal. Eliminating the need for excitation significantly simplifies the measurement system but requires more advanced signal and data processing techniques. This project will combine analytical, numerical and experimental research. A deeper understanding of the physics of passive ultrasonics will be developed, together with their coupling to suitable receiving transducers. Signal processing techniques will be developed in order to make sense of the complex ‘noisy’ signals and extract valuable structural integrity information.

Candidate requirements

You should have at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as Engineering or Physics. Applicants should have a first class degree or GPA of at least 3.5. If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is expected.

About the University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Center for Nondestructive Evaluation ( is a world leader in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) research. High achieving researchers are sought to expand the Centers research portfolio. At UCNDE you will be part of a supportive and successful team of researchers and benefit from intensive one-on-one supervision. The Center covers a wide range of research areas and will work with you to advance state-of-the-art techniques and technology.

The University of Cincinnati is a leading R1 university (the highest level of research activity), based in a city campus in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ( At the University of Cincinnati you will have access to world class research facilities and supervision, in addition to world class recreation facilities.

About the PhD program

The PhD program is typically four years full time. The PhD program includes roughly one year of taught courses. UCNDE is part of the Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics department. While research projects do not necessary focus on aerospace applications, the researcher will typically be enrolled in either the Aerospace Engineering or Engineering Mechanics PhD program. Please see for more details on the programs.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, relevant transcripts and a copy of your CV to [Email Address Removed]

Applications should be submitted by end of March 2021

Funding Notes

The applicant will receive a tuition waiver and receive a $26,000 per year stipend.

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