IMS Success Story: ISMA – Industrial Smart Materials Applications

DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES: ISMA is a “Key Technology” Manufacturing Technology Platform (MTP) project where smart materials are the key technology. Six keywords are associated with the title to provide the scope of the initiative. Manufacture: How do we manufacture durable materials with embedded sensors and communication technologies?

Build: What construction processes or assembly procedures change or are required to support these new materials?
Monitor: How should we pre-process, post-process, and manage the collected data?

Assess: Given data, what does it tell us about the condition and health of that struc- ture or machine?
Predict: How can assessments through time be carried forward to predict future status.

Manage: Given predictions, what repair and maintenance actions should be taken to extend the service life with an optimal use of resources?

To begin to answer these questions and to address these challenges, D’Appolonia S.p.A. created ISMA, an international consortium of over 30 experts from industry, academia, and research centres representing the civil infrastructure, aerospace, maritime, automotive, and transport industries. For D’Appolonia, the platform is strategic in that these industries align closely with its core consultation activities, and new knowledge, products, and services will make its offerings more competitive. For other IMSA industrial partners, the ISMA platform provides international exposure and the opportunity to interact with researchers working on similar chal- lenges worldwide. For academic and research partners, ISMA provides the oppor- tunity to get closer to industry and to identify the needs of the market. With this background, the goal of ISMA is to share and create new knowledge in the following objective areas:

  • Identification of exploitable industrial applications for sensor embedded materials, acquisition systems, and management software where structural health monitoring and life-cycle management are both desirable, feasible, and cost effective.
  • Development of rugged sensing technologies, able to withstand industrial manufac- turing, construction demands, and environmental conditions over long periods of time.
  • Development of affordable, robust, and simple to use data acquisition systems.
  • Integration of sensing and communication technologies into materials such as technical textiles, smart concrete/mortar, smart composites, and others.
  • Development of SHM algorithms and data interpretation methods specific to the targeted application.
  • Development of guidelines and standards for the deployment, use, and assessment of smart materials.


ISMA Success Story