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Research project: Microfluidic devices for structural health monitoring and integrity - Dormant - Dormant

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This project explored significant scientific and technological challenges at the interface between the physical sciences and engineering, looking at where structural failures and material ageing occurs at inaccessible or occluded locations within an airframe or marine structure.

The project made use of world class facilities at the University of Southampton and analytical expertise to develop advanced structural health monitoring devices capable of sensing, diagnosing and responding to damage only when necessary, leading to the construction of smart corrosion protection technology.  This enabled the assembly, for the first time, of an integrated device capable of microlitre sampling, integrated advanced microfluidic and electrochemical sensing systems, wireless communications and the capability for targeted remediation (fluidic control and/or chemical inhibition) at corrosion affected areas.  In addition the device is able to perform self-diagnostics to ensure judicious maintenance.

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Microfluidic device
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