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Closed-loop finite element modeling of smart structures: an overview
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Paper Abstract

Smart structures incorporate sensors, actuators and control electronics that permit the structures to tailor their response to changes in the environment in an optimal fashion. The sensors and actuators are constructed from functional materials such as piezoelectric, electrostrictive, shape memory alloys and magnetostrictive materials and more recently using MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) devices. All functional materials and devices therefrom involve coupled fields involving elastodynamic, viscoelastic, electric, magnetic and thermal fields. The materials are anisotropic and often nonlinear. Finite element modeling has been successfully used to model these complex structures. More recently, closed ioop numerical simulation of the tailored response of a smart structure has become possible by combining the finite element equations of the sensor response to applied dynamical and/or thermal loads to the input voltage or current to the actuators via a control algorithm. This hybrid approach permits us to simulate the response of the structure with feedback control. Simple feedback controllers have now been replaced by robust controllers that provide stability under a range of uncertainties and do not require a very accurate system model. The talk will present an overview of the approaches of various researchers and consider numerical applications and comparison with experiments for active vibration damping, noise control and shape modification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4235, Smart Structures and Devices, (21 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.420863
Show Author Affiliations
Vasundara V. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Senthil V. Gopinathan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Woosuk Chang, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4235:
Smart Structures and Devices
Dinesh K. Sood; Ronald Albert Lawes; Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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