Publications from DIMES

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"

Blog posts

Condition-monitoring using infrared imaging

f you have travelled in Asia then you will probably have experienced having your health monitored by infrared cameras as you disembarked from your flight. ... In the DIMES project, we have implemented a low-cost sensor system that integrates infrared and visible images with information about applied loads from point sensors, which allows the identification of initiation and tracking of damage in aircraft structures... This blog post appeared on June 17th, 2020, on

When seeing nothing is a success
...A few months ago, Airbus delivered a section of an A320 wing to the labs of EMPA who are our project partner in Switzerland, and the team at EMPA has been rigging the wing section for a simple bending test so that we can use it to test the integrated measurement system which we are developing in the DIMES project. ... This blog post appeared on December 11th, 2019, on
Same problems in a different language

... My research group is working on how we demonstrate the fidelity of predictions from models, how we establish trust in both predictions from computational models and measurements from experiments that are often also ‘models’ of the real world.  The issues are similar whether we are considering the structural performance of aircraft [as in DIMES], the impact of agro-chemicals, or the performance of fusion energy and the impact of a geological disposal site.... This blog post appeared on October30th, 2019, on

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

Project Chronology

26-27 June 2019

6m Meeting in London

After a visit to Bristol to discuss test article options, the 6m meeting was held in London. A Milestone, the Preliminary design review, was successfully achieved. A decision was taken to use part of an A320 wing as test article for the test bench to be designed and implemented at Empa.

20 Feb 2019
20 Mar 2019

Brainstrom Meetings at Airbus, Toulouse

Two brainstorm meetings were held to develop the concept for the DIMES integrated system. While the first meeting focused on combinations of measurement technology, the second was about implementing the sensors and developing an overall concept for data and power management as well as system control.

14-16 Jan 2019

Kick Off Meeting in Liverpool

Partners presented their organisation and people participating in the project. The Topic Manager provided an overview of Airbus. There was a discussion about the technology, the test article and their relationship to the DIMES work packages.

1 Jan 2019 Official project start date  

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.



During the 12m meeting the DIMES team gathered around the test bench at Empa. The wing box will be loaded in a three point arrangement with the wing tip being deflected. The DIMES system will be placed into the bays through the access holes visible on the wing surface in the picture.


Prof Dr Eann Patterson
Project Coordinator
University Liverpool

Linden Harris
Topic Manager
Airbus Operations SAS