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Use of thickness-shear mode in constructing adaptive sandwich structures
Author(s): Chin-Teh Sun; X. Richard Zhang
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Paper Abstract

A new adaptive sandwich structure is constructed using the shear mode of piezoelectric materials. A comparative study of the sandwich structure and the corresponding surface- mounted actuation structure is performed using finite element analysis. The effects of actuator length and location on actuation performance of the structures are studied. The stress distributions under mechanical and electrical loads are investigated for both the sandwich beam and the surface-mounted activation beam. It is shown that the stress level within the actuators is more severe for the surface-mounted actuation beam than for the sandwich. Also, the interface-stress distribution between actuator and host structure is analyzed. It is shown that sandwich construction offers many advantages over conventional surface-mounted actuation constructions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2443, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (8 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208284
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Chin-Teh Sun, Purdue Univ. (United States)
X. Richard Zhang, Purdue Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2443:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Inderjit Chopra, Editor(s)

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