The 9th Australian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM9) was held in November at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. Engineering Photonics was represented by Edmond Chehura who was invited to present his work on fibre Bragg gratings for structural health monitoring.
The conference provided an international forum for researchers, industry practitioners, engineers and postgraduate students to promote, exchange, and disseminate recent findings on contemporary and wide-ranging topics in applied mechanics.
Delegates were provided with site tours of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation's synchrotron facility and UNSW's centre for automated manufacturing of advanced composites, as well as a banquet dinner on a cruise ship in the Sydney harbour.
Edmond's invited talk was titled 'Structural monitoring using in-fibre Bragg grating sensors' and discussed Engineering Photonics' expertise in the monitoring of a range of processes such as manufacturing, structural testing, and materials characterisation. His talk had particular emphasis on novel case studies in the process monitoring of advanced fibre-reinforced composites. Examples included an aircraft tail-cone assembly and superconducting magnet systems that were monitored using optical fibre sensors that were capable of multi-functional and multi-parameter measurements.