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Structural Health Monitoring


Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) deals with assessment, evaluation and technical diagnosis of different structural systems of strategic importance. Extensive knowledge of SHM shall lead to a clear understanding of risk and reliability assessment of structures, which is currently mandatory for structures of strategic importance like bridges, offshore structures etc. Course deals with both elementary and advanced applications of SHM along with details of case studies in lab scale.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students, faculty, practicing professionals


UG/PG: Both UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: No pre-requisites. Course contents will be self-explanatory and induct basic knowledge as a part of its contents

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All academic institutes, all consultancy organizations like Technip, L&T, Reliance etc


Prof.Srinivasan Chandrasekaran is currently a Professor in the Dept. of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. He has teaching, research and industrial experience of about 23 years during which he has supervised many sponsored research projects and offshore consultancy assignments both in India and abroad. His active areas of research include dynamic analysis and design of offshore platforms, Development of geometric forms of complaint offshore structures for ultra-deep water oil exploration and production, sub-sea engineering, Rehabilitation and retrofitting of offshore platforms, structural health monitoring of ocean structures, seismic analysis and design of structures and risk analyses and reliability studies of offshore and petroleum engineering plants. He has been also a visiting fellow under the invitation of Ministry of Italian University Research to University of Naples Federico II, Italy for a period of two years during which he conducted research on advanced nonlinear modelling and analysis of structures under different environmental loads with experimental verifications. He has about 150 research publications in International journals and refereed conferences organized by professional societies around the world. Eleven text books authored by him are quite popular amongst graduate students of civil and ocean engineering and recommended as reference material for class room studies and research as well. He also delivered Ten web-based courses through NPTEL, which are quite popular amongst academia and practicing engineers. He is a member of many National and International professional bodies and delivered many invited lectures and key note address in the international conferences, workshops and seminars in India and abroad.


Nagavinothini R
Senior Research Scholar, Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras
Areas of Interest: Dynamic analysis of offshore compliant platforms, Design of offshore structures, Computer methods of analysis of structures, Risk and reliability of structures

VVS Sricharan

Senior Research Scholar, Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras
Areas of Interest: Analysis and design of Offshore Wave Energy Convertors


Module 1:
1. Introduction to Structural Health Monitoring
2. Necessity of structural Health Monitoring
3. Components of Structural Health Monitoring
4. Challenges in Structural Health Monitoring
5. Advantages of structural Health Monitoring
6. Components of SHM process
7. SHM issues applied to concrete structures
8. Level of uncertainties in SHM process

Module 2:
1. Short term and Long term monitoring
2. SHM - Local and global monitoring
3. Static and vibration based SHM
4. SHM planning and Management
5. Vibration based damage detection
6. SHM methods
7. Damage identification
8. Visual Inspection
9. Comparison of damage identification methods - I
10. Comparison of damage identification methods - II
11. Long term SHM
12. Non Destructive Testing
13. Non Destructive evaluation

Module 3:
1. Sensor technologies used in SHM
2. SHM using Artificial Intelligence
3. System evaluation and assessment

Module 4:
1. Application of SHM in bridges and buildings
2. Application of SHM in Offshore structures
3. Applications of structural control strategies
4. Future of SHM


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  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 28 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
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  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.