Project Overview

Welcome to DIMES

DIMES is an Innovation Action within the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Clean Sky 2 program under Grant Agreement No. 820951.

This website reflects only the author's view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

Our team involves Airbus Operations SAS ( Topic Manager) as well as University of Liverpool (Coordinator), Strain Solutions Ltd. (Technical Coordinator), Empa (Beneficiary) and Dantec Dynamics GmbH ( Beneficiary).

The aim of the project is to develop advanced integrated testing methods that have the capability to detect a crack or delamination in a metallic or composite structure and have the potential to be deployed as part of an on-board structural health monitoring system for passenger aircraft. Results of preliminary tests at Empa will be documented on this website.

Find here an introductory video for DIMES.

Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2 gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness.



The DIMES project team held its Kick Off Meeting in Liverpool, UK, on 14-16 January 2019.

Thermal image of the DIMES partners on a cold day outside the University of Liverpool.


Prof Dr Eann Patterson
Project Coordinator
University Liverpool

Linden Harris
Topic Manager
Airbus Operations SAS

Publications from DIMES

  • Weihrauch M., Middleton C.A., Greene R.J. and Patterson E.A., Low-Cost Thermoelastic Stress Analysis, SEM Annual Conference, Reno (NV), June 3-5 2019

Blog posts

Joining the dots
...I gave a short briefing on DIMES to a group of Airbus engineers last month and it was good see some excitement in the room about the direction of the project.  And, it felt good to be highlighting how we are building on earlier investments in research by joining the dots to create a deployable measurement system and delivering the complete picture in terms of information about the condition of the structure. This blog post appeared on July 10th, 2019, on
Finding DIMES
...To quote our EU documentation, the overall aim of DIMES is ‘to develop and demonstrate an automated measurement system that integrates a range of measurement approaches to enable damage and cracks to be detected and monitored as they originate at multi-material interfaces in an aircraft assembly’.... This blog post appeared on February 6th, 2019, on

Background Publications on NDE and SHM

Journal Papers
  • Middleton C.A., Gaio A., Greene R.J. and Patterson E.A., Towards automated tracking of initiation and propagation of cracks in Aluminium alloy coupons using thermoelastic stress analysis, J. Non-destructive Evaluation 38:18 (2019)
  • Patterson E.A., Feligiotti M., Hack E., On the integration of validation, quality assurance and non-destructive evaluation, J. Strain Anal. Eng. Des. 48 (2013) 48–58
  • Farrar C.R. and Worden K., An introduction to structural health monitoring, Phil Trans R Soc A, 365 (2007) 303-315

DIMES Consortium

Airbus Operations SAS / FR

Topic Manager


University of Liverpool / UK


Task Leader "Concept of integrated testing"


Strain Solutions Ltd / UK

Technical Coordinator


Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology / CH

Task Leader "Design and fabrication of test bench"

Dantec Dynamics GmbH / DE


Task Leader "Prototype demonstration and evaluation"