This important, self-contained reference deals with structural life assessment (SLA) and structural health monitoring (SHM) in a combined form
Both SLA and SHM are combined in a unified and coherent treatment.
For common structures, their life assessment is not only governed by the theory of fracture mechanics and fatigue damage process, but by other factors such as corrosion, grounding, and sudden collision
It is a diversified field and relies on the theories of fracture mechanics, fatigue damage process, and reliability theory
On the other hand, SHM deals with the detection, prediction, and location of crack development online
SLA periodically evaluates the state and condition of a structural system and provides recommendations for possible maintenance actions or the end of structural service life