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Field of smart structures as seen by those working in it: survey results
Author(s): William B. Spillman; James S. Sirkis; Peter T. Gardiner
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Paper Abstract

There has been considerable discussion in the technical community on a number of questions concerned with smart materials and structures, such as what they are, whether smart materials can be considered a subset of smart structures, whether a smart structure and an intelligent structure are the same thing, etc. This discussion is both fueled and confused by the technical community due to the truly multidisciplinary nature of this new field. Smart materials and structures research involves so many technically diverse fields that it is quite common for one field to completely misunderstand the terminology and state-of-the-art in other fields. In order to ascertain whether a consensus is emerging on a number of these questions, the technical community was surveyed in a number of ways including via the Internet and by direct contact. The purpose of this survey in the final analysis was to better define the smart materials and structures field, its current status and its potential benefits. Results of the survey are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2444, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207664
Show Author Affiliations
William B. Spillman, BFGoodrich Aerospace (United States)
James S. Sirkis, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Peter T. Gardiner, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2444:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
William B. Spillman, Editor(s)

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