Structural health monitoring (SHM) of plate-like structures used in aerospace industries, using transducer arrays located suitably on the structure, such as the single-transmitter multiple-receiver (STMR) array [Wilcox PD, Lowe M, Cawley P. Lamb and SH wave transducer arrays for the inspection of large areas of thick plates. Review of progress in quantitative nondestructive evaluation, vol. 19A. Melville, NY, USA: American Institute of Physics; 1999. p. 1049-56; Wilcox PD. Guided wave beam steering from omni-directional transducer arrays. Review of progress in quantitative nondestructive evaluation, vol. 22A. Melville, New York, USA: American Institute of Physics; 2002. p. 761-8], has been demonstrated here. The reconstruction of the material state was carried out by utilizing a phased addition reconstruction algorithm. In addition to the signals from damage sites, the ultrasonic guided wave-based reconstruction procedures also need the complete set of elastic moduli as a continuous input throughout the SHM process. In the present study, two flexible printed circuit board (PCB)-based patches: ((i). single-quadrant, double-ring STMR material characterization (MC) array and (ii). Full-ring STMR SHM array) were developed for accomplishing both objectives, i.e. (a) online MC and (b) SHM of anisotropic plate-like structures, respectively. Experiments were conducted on 3.15 mm graphite-epoxy composite plate using PCB-based STMR arrays, the feasibility of accomplishing both objectives was demonstrated. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.