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Integration issues for high-strain actuation applications
Author(s): W. Keith Belvin; Garnett C. Horner; Robin C. Hardy; Duane Armstrong; David M. Rosenbaum
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Paper Abstract

Strain actuators, used to induce a relative structural displacement, are most effective when integrally embedded into the host structure. The paper summarizes progress and challenges in the field of embedding smart materials into structures. The difficulties of embedding active elements within composite structures are described from a system design perspective. Issues associated with the application of strain actuators in primary aircraft structure are discussed. Development of new embedding technology to combat the difficulties with high strain applications is advocated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3326, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (16 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.310638
Show Author Affiliations
W. Keith Belvin, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Garnett C. Horner, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Robin C. Hardy, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Duane Armstrong, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
David M. Rosenbaum, 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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