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Sensing performance of electrically conductive fabrics and dielectric electro active polymers for parachutes
Author(s): Eric Favini; Christopher Niezrecki; Sanjeev K. Manohar; David Willis; Julie Chen; Eugene Niemi; Kenneth Desabrais; Christine Charette
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Paper Abstract

This paper quantifies the sensing capabilities of novel smart materials in an effort to improve the performance, better understand the physics, and enhance the safety of parachutes. Based upon a recent review of actuation technologies for parachute applications, it was surmised that the actuators reviewed could not be used to effectively alter the drag or lift (i.e. geometry, porosity, or air vent openings) of a parachute during flight. However, several materials showed potential for sensing applications within a parachute, specifically electrically conductive fabrics and dielectric electro-active polymers. This paper introduces several new conductive fabrics and provides an evaluation of the sensing performance of these smart materials based upon test results using mechanical testing and digital image correlation for comparison.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7981, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2011, 798132 (14 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880450
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Eric Favini, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Christopher Niezrecki, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Sanjeev K. Manohar, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
David Willis, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Julie Chen, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Eugene Niemi, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Kenneth Desabrais, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Christine Charette, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7981:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2011
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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