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Comments on the physical basis of the active materials concept
Author(s): Pierre Francois Gobin; Michelle Salvia; L. David; M. Morin
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Paper Abstract

During the last decade constant improvements have been made in materials and structures design and control. But now some performance objectives cannot be achieved using classical technologies and require the use of the smart materials concept. But it is at the actuation end of the equation that smart materials and structures present the greatest challenge. It is here in particular that improved and even new materials have a leading role to play. Piezoelectrics, electrostrictives, photostrictives, magnetostrictives, electroactive polymers, shape memory materials, carbon nanotubes, rheological fluids,...all have their important contributions to make. So this paper aims to perform a brief review of the physical basis of the active materials behaviour.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4512, Complex Adaptive Structures, (23 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446780
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Francois Gobin, Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon (France)
Michelle Salvia, Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France)
L. David, Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon (France)
M. Morin, Institit National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4512:
Complex Adaptive Structures

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