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Machine-augmented composites
Author(s): Gary F. Hawkins; Michael O'Brien; Rafael Zaldivar; Hubertus von Bremen
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Paper Abstract

We have recently demonstrated that composites with unique properties can be manufactured by embedding many small simple machines in a matrix instead of fibers. We have been referring to these as Machine Augmented Composites (MAC). The simple machines modify the forces inside the material in a manner chosen by the material designer. When these machines are densely packed, the MAC takes on the properties of the machines as a fiber-reinforced composite takes on the properties of the fibers. In this paper we describe the Machine Augmented Composite concept and give the results of both theoretical and experimental studies. Applications for the material in clamping mechanisms, fasteners, gaskets and seals are presented. In addition, manufacturing issues are discussed showing how the material can be produced inexpensively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4698, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (9 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475069
Show Author Affiliations
Gary F. Hawkins, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Michael O'Brien, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Rafael Zaldivar, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Hubertus von Bremen, Univ. of Southern California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4698:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, Editor(s)

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