Objective: Inertial Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) have recently been proposed
as sensing components of surface-mounted structural health monitoring systems aimed to detect damage
in flexible plates, subjected to either quasi-static or dynamic loadings.
Method: In this paper, we discuss a topology optimization approach to smartly deploy an array of
MEMS accelerometers over thin flexible plates, partially allowing for scattering in their placement.
Result: We assume damage (i.e. a reduction of the local bending stiffness of the plate) to be located
anywhere, and we show how boundary conditions, symmetry conditions and the stacking sequence in
case of a composite laminate can affect the optimal sensor placement.