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Aircraft Morphing program
Author(s): Richard W. Wlezien; Garnett C. Horner; Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan; Sharon L. Padula; Michael Allen Scott; Richard J. Silcox; Joycelyn S. Harrison
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Paper Abstract

In the last decade smart technologies have become enablers that cut across traditional boundaries in materials science and engineering. Here we define smart to mean embedded actuation, sensing, and control logic in a tightly coupled feedback loop. While multiple successes have been achieved in the laboratory, we have yet to see the general applicability of smart devices to real aircraft systems. The NASA Aircraft Morphing program is an attempt to couple research across a wide range of disciplines to integrate smart technologies into high payoff aircraft applications. The program bridges research in seven individual disciplines and combines the effort into activities in three primary program thrusts. System studies are used to assess the highest-payoff program objectives, and specific research activities are defined to address the technologies required for development of smart aircraft systems. In this paper we address the overall program goals and programmatic structure, and discuss the challenges associated with bringing the technologies to fruition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3326, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (16 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.310633
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Richard W. Wlezien, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Garnett C. Horner, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Sharon L. Padula, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael Allen Scott, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Richard J. Silcox, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Joycelyn S. Harrison, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3326:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Janet M. Sater, Editor(s)

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