SHM^2 (Structural Health Monitoring of Self Healing Materials)


  • Structural Health monitoring and self-healing materials are two hot areas of modern research with the similar goal of reducing failures in engineered structures.  These fields seek to create a paradigm shift in design enabling lighter-weight more efficient structures and averting catastrophic failures through knowledge of structural state or innate healing capabilities respectively.  The advanced structures lab is pursuing simultaneous research in both fields with the goals of advancing each field on its own and integrating them.


  • Structural Health Monitoring research has focused on integration of ultrasonic techniques with self healing material structures.
  • Research into self-healing materials has spanned from investigation of individual structural components through complete integrated self healing structural systems.



  • Salowitz, Nathan; Kilicli, Volkan; Yan, Xiaojun; Rohatgi, Pradeep K., “Recient Developments in Self-Healing Metallic Materials and Mechanics of Self Healing Composites,” Invited Paper in Contributed Papers from Materials Science & Technology 2017, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017, pp. 201-203.
  • Correa, Ameralys; Dorri, Afsaneh; Rohatgi, Pradeep; Salowitz, Nathan” Mechanics and design of self-healing materials to complement SHM”, Structural Health Monitoring 2017, Stanford University, September 12 – 14 2017
  • Salowitz, Nathan; Moghadam, Afsaneh; Correa, Ameralys; ”Mechanics of NiTi Reinforced Self-Healing Materials Producing Crack Closing Loads”, Proceedings of ASME Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems 2017, Snowbird Utah, September 18 – 20 2017,
  • Salowitz, Nathan; Correa, Ameralys; Moghadam, Afsaneh; Rohatgi, Pradeep; “Mechanics based design and testing of crack closing self-healing materials to carry external loads” Invited contribution In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Materials & Structures, Orlando Florida 3/20/2017
  • Rahbhandari, Prasanna; Tautges, Kenan; Salowitz, Nathan; “Hyperbolic impact location in isotropic plate structures without training,” in Proceedings of the 6th Asia Pacific workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2016.
  • Suri, Shvetashva; Correa, Ameralys; Rohatgi, Pradeep; Salowitz, Nathan; “Initial integration of ultrasonic structural health monitoring of self-healing materials,” in Proceedings of the 8 European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Balboa, Spain, 2016. 

This research has been supported by:

  • The Support for Undergradutate Research Fellows program administered by The Office of Undergraduate Research at The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Funds provided by The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee