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On a path toward structures with reconfigurable circulatory systems
Author(s): William W. Clark; Brad Boyerinas; Lisa Weiland; Sung Kwon Cho; Chris Bielawski; Eric Beckman
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Paper Abstract

In order to provide structures with new and better characteristics, researchers often look to biological systems for inspiration. One trait that many biological system have that conventional structures do not is a circulatory system, which can be used for many purposes, one of which is the transport of structural material. This paper explores the benefits of transporting structural material for the purpose of changing the structure's static and dynamic characteristics. Several scenarios are explored, including the transport of non-load-bearing mass (mass transport) to load-bearing mass (termed stiffness transport). It is argued that stiffness transport, while more complex than simply moving mass within a structure, affords the same features as mass transport, along with several unconventional and particularly useful abilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6526, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional and Composite Materials 2007, 65261H (17 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.714924
Show Author Affiliations
William W. Clark, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Brad Boyerinas, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Lisa Weiland, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Sung Kwon Cho, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Chris Bielawski, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Eric Beckman, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6526:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional and Composite Materials 2007
Marcelo J. Dapino, Editor(s)

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