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MorphoShape

Reconstruct and monitor curves and surfaces using inertial sensors


Published on 4 May 2017

Reconstruct and monitor curves and surfaces using inertial sensors

 What is MorphoShape?

MorphoShape is a textile surface fitted with a network of inertial sensors (accelerometers, magnetometers) that provide input for signal processing and geometrical modeling algorithms. The system reconstructs the shape and monitors the movements of the textile in real time.   This technology paves the way for new "intelligent" materials that know their own shape; it is especially useful in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), sport, medical and many other fields.


 Applications:

In general, shape reconstruction from inertial sensor input has multiple applications:

  • State-of-health monitoring of structures (oil risers for Technip, wind turbine towers, cables, etc.) 
  • Intelligent technical textiles (cliff collapse prevention, etc.)
  • New geometrical design tools 
  • Sport applications (yacht sail performance improvements, etc.)
  • Health sector application (spinal monitoring, etc.)


 What’s new?

Miniaturization technology enables MEMS sensors to be embedded into flexible materials. These sensors locate themselves with respect to the Earth's gravitational and magnetic fields. In combination, they provide data tangential to their measuring point and dedicated algorithms can then reconstruct the shape of the instrumented surface. This technology offers a real alternative to conventional optical systems since there is no need for environmental instrumentation or specific visibility, etc.

AWARDS: 

- Technip World Innovation Award 2015 for the Morphopipe (instrumented flexible line) project 

-  Patent: Method and device for acquiring a geometric form (2006)
  
- Launching of Morphosen