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Smart consumer goods
Author(s): Clifford M. Friend; Chris Thorpe
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Paper Abstract

'Smart' technologies, which encompass both 'Smart' materials and structures, are creating a sea-change in engineering practice. Their fusion of conventional structural materials with aspects of information technology offers the prospect of engineering systems which can sense their local environment, interprets changes in this envirnoment and respond appropriately. Demonstrator projects exist world-wide exploring the range of possible applications for 'Smart' technologies in sectors ranging from aerospace and civil engineering to automobile and marine. A common feature of such programs is their use of relatively sophisticated technologies, examples including the use of fiber optic techniques for sensing and actuation based on functional material such as piezoceramics, electro- and magnetistrictives and shape-memory alloys. The use of such advanced technologies is symptomatic of the strong technology push which has dominated the development of this field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4763, European Workshop on Smart Structures in Engineering and Technology, (13 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.508658
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Clifford M. Friend, Cranfield Institute of Technology (United Kingdom)
Chris Thorpe, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4763:
European Workshop on Smart Structures in Engineering and Technology
Brian Culshaw, Editor(s)

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