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Special Session: Prof. Jose Manuel Menendez Martin

Prof. Jose Manuel Menendez Martin

Composites Development Engineering
AIRBUS España, P° John Lennon s/n, Getafe, 28806 Spain

[Jose Manuel Menendez Martin]

Jose Manuel Menendez received his MS and PhD degrees from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 1994 and 1999 respectively, both in aeronautical engineering. Assistant professor in the Aerospace Materials Department of the UPM since 1997, he joined the department of Composites Technology Development of AIRBUS ESPAÑA in 2000. Involved in research and R&D programs in the field of SHM and intelligent manufacturing at the UPM, he has continued this work line in AIRBUS along several national and European funded R&D projects. These tasks are developed in parallel with their responsibilities as senior engineer in composites development and manufacturing engineering in AIRBUS serial programs in A380 and future developments.

His main interests are: advanced composites, FBG based SHM and in-situ process monitoring composite structures. He has filled several patents and has published more than 40 scientific papers and contributions in collective books, most in the fields of SHM and intelligent manufacturing.


Market opportunities on fiber optic sensors for aeronautics and aerospace applications

Jose Manuel Menendez Martin

Airbus España, P° John Lennon s/n, Getafe, 28806 Spain

Since the appearance of fiber optic sensors in the late 70s, fiber optic sensing has been considered one of the most promising technologies to be used in structural health monitoring for aerospace applications. The irruption of advanced composites in space and military applications along this decade, and the posterior generalization in airliners along the 80s was considered as an opportunity for these sensors, due to their up to date unique capability to be embedded in this materials with moderate intrusivity. The appearance of fiber Bragg gratings in late 80s seemed to confirm an easy incorporation to the aerospace market. However, today, the use of fiber optic sensors on board of aircrafts is still little more than symbolic, and the obstacles for this slow application are still important: qualification of sensors and demodulator for on board operation, demonstration of reliability of measurements done by bonded or embedded sensors, demonstration of health monitoring capability in real scenarios, and demonstrate cost-effectiveness.

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