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Smart structural components by integration of sensor/actuator modules in die castings
Author(s): Volker Bräutigam; Carolin Körner; Robert F. Singer; Manfred Kaltenbacher; Martin Meiler; Reinhard Lerch
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Paper Abstract

The integration of piezoceramic based sensors and actuators offers a possibility to produce multifunctional materials with enhanced properties. Die casting is an innovative approach for the fabrication of metal matrix smart structural components where the functional module is totally integrated in the interior of the cast part. A technique to support and protect the sensitive sensor/actuator-modules in the die during the highly dynamic die filling process is presented. Demonstration parts were produced which are fully capable to be activated to vibrate. An approach to characterize in detail the behavior of the sensor/actuator-module after the integration in the cast matrix is presented. Both FE computation and electric impedance measurements are used to quantify how the casting process affects the performance of the integrated sensor/actuator-modules.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6527, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2007, 65270S (11 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.705831
Show Author Affiliations
Volker Bräutigam, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
Carolin Körner, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
Robert F. Singer, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
Manfred Kaltenbacher, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
Martin Meiler, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
Reinhard Lerch, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6527:
Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2007
L. Porter Davis; B. K. Henderson; M. Brett McMickell, Editor(s)

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