The mission

Modern aeronautical structures are increasingly made of composite materials due to their well-known benefits. Composite materials have however a wide range of possible failure modes, implying lengthy and expensive structural inspection processes for modern aircrafts. Ultrasonic guided wave technologies are nowadays confined in baseline subtraction approaches, where structural damage can be detected but not identified. This is due to lack of efficient techniques for predicting wave interaction with damage in composite structures.

SAFE-FLY brings together a team of enthusiastic researchers that will eventually propose the blue print for a novel, reliable and lightweight SHM integrated system, addressing key challenges and wishes identified and expressed by leading European aerospace industrialists. 


In SAFE-FLY beneficiaries and partners join forces to coordinate the most cutting-edge research and training in the field of modelling and identifying damage in multilayer composite aerospace structures.

Key aims and objectives

At the core of the SAFE-FLY EID there exist three scientific and technological challenges

  • The development of multiscale damage modelling tools for nonlinear, damaged composite structures.
  • The development of accurate and reliable tools for modelling the interaction of GWs with damage in composites.
  • Development of a dedicated optimal experimental configuration able to incorporate and validatethe produced numerical tools.


The SAFE-FLY EID team consists of the University of Nottingham, a leading European University and AERNOVA, a global leader in designing, certifying, manufacturing and maintaining aeropsace composite structures. 




Supervisory Board

Research team

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 721455.



Composites Research Group
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG9 5HR

Contact: Savvas Triantafyllou