Con­di­ti­on Mo­ni­to­ring of Sa­fe­ty Re­le­vant Struc­tu­res

Vision of a condition monitoring system
With increasing networking and detailed analysis of the resulting data, many new applications are emerging.

Discussions on the topic of digital transformation are often conducted in an extremely technical or abstract manner without identifying specific societal benefits. Condition monitoring is a topic that can contribute to the visibility of the benefits of digital transformation and has many practical applications. More data and better algorithms make for more precise condition analyses, which in turn bring direct societal benefits in many areas.

The challenge of the topic lies in its heterogeneity. 'Safety-relevant structures' are the primary structures that are worthwhile monitoring and range from classical mechanical engineering plants to infrastructural facilities such as rail systems or buildings, and even aircraft and spacecraft. While all applications are directly or indirectly relevant to society, they require structurally different data and evaluation algorithms.

In this cross-sectoral project, it is not the specific applications but the scientific methodologies that bring together the various German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) research disciplines. For example, it will be possible to monitor rail infrastructure using algorithms initially designed for monitoring buildings. In this way, the project actively contributes to exploiting the potential for synergy within DLR.

Cross-sectoral topic

Participating DLR institutes and facilities


Daniel Krause

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems
Lilienthalplatz 7, 38108 Braunschweig