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Desert debut begins with awards

SPIE Smart Structures NDE 2016 in Las Vegas

SPIE Smart Structures/NDE debuted in Las Vegas (above, on the grounds at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa) with widely international attendance, up 10% overall from last year.  More than half of the audience was from outside North America, with 39 countries represented in all.

After a welcome by symposium chairs Jayanth Kudva (NextGen Aeronautics) and Theodoros Matikas (University of Ioannina), opening day begin with presentation of awards.

James Hubbard, SSM Lifetime Achievement Award Victor Giurgiutiu NDE Lifetime Achievement Award
Jayanth Kudva (left) presents James Hubbard
(University of Maryland, College Park) with the
2016 Smart Structures and Materials
Lifetime Achievement Award.
Symposium cochair Tribikram Kundu (left;
University of Arizona) and Theodoros Matikas
(right) present Victor Giurgiutiu (University of
South Carolina) with the 2016 Nondestructive
Evaluation Lifetime Achievement Award.


The future, and new paradigms

Gregory Carman plenary talk at SPIE Smart Structures Naveed Hussain plenary talk at SPIE Smart Structures
Gregory Carman Naveed Hussain

Plenary talks by Gregory Carman (University of California, Los Angeles) and  Naveed Hussain (Boeing) looked at new developments and directions.

In Carman's talk, "Magnetics + mechanics + nanoscale = electromagnetics future," he noted that efficiently controlling magnetism in the small scale presents a significant problem for future miniature electromagnetic devices. He reviewed progress in several areas of research, pointing the direction for further research opportunities and new applications for future study.

Hussain's talk, "Smart materials and structures: oppportunities for a new paradigm in design optimization," described the demanding performance requirements aerospace vehicles of the future will need to meet, including lower cost and compressed development time.

Hussain described applications for integration of smart structures, and provided diverse examples of designs being used or considered for implementation.


Energy Systems and EAPs

Elisabeth Smela
Elisabeth Smela

Christian Wunderlich (Fraunhofer-IKTS) gave the keynote presentation (9806-1) Monday morning in a session on Fuel Cells and Energy Storage in the Smart Materials and NDE for Energy Systems conference. His presentation was on nondestructive cell evaluation techniques in SOFC (solid oxide fuel cells) stack manufacturing.

SOFCs are considered to be a promising emerging technology for highly efficient energy conversion systems of gaseous fuels to electricity or from excess electricity to hydrogen.

Elisabeth Smela (University of Maryland, College Park), in a keynote talk Monday morning (9798-1) in the session on EAP (electroactive polymers) as Emerging Actuators in the EAP Actuators and Devices conference, spoke on new developments in nastic actuators.

By utilizing the micro-scale phenomenon of electro-osmotic fluid pumping, researchers can create a new type of nastic EAP that is self-contained and electrically actuated. Applications such as smart stents with adjustable diameters are being pursued.



EAP-in-Action 2016

A popular session highlighting some of the latest capabilities and applications of EAPs gave attendees a chance to interact directly with technology developers through hands-on demonstrations of new applications. The session ran at the end of Monday in the EAP Actuators and Devices conference, in a session chaired by Yosi Bar-Cohen (JPL; at left below).

Among the particpants were teams from:

  • University of British Columbia: wearable biomedical device
  • Harbin Institute of Technology: smart polymers for bionics, aerospace, biomedicine, and other fields
  • Saarland University: actuators for valves, pumps, or other portable systems
  • National University of Singapore: artificial muscles
  • University of Basel: apparatus for measuing forced of planar dielectric elastomer actuators
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne: tactile display
  • Ras Labs: EAPs that serve as sensors that can be connected to biofeedback systems in artificial muscles
  • StretchSense Ltd.: wearable communicators and sensors
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas: ionic polymer-metal composite actuator with multiple-shape memory from electrical and thermal inputs
  • Zhejiang University: soft robotics and smart structures drive by dielectric elastomer.
Yosi Bar-Cohen at EAP-in-Action 2016 EAP-in-Action 2016
EAP-in-Action 2016 EAP-in-Action 2016



Welcome reception SPIE Smart Structures NDE 2016

Attendees gathered for the All-Symposium Welcome Reception Monday evening, and enjoyed plenty of food, drink, and good conversation at the Lodge on the Lawn .

Welcome reception SPIE Smart Structures NDE 2016 Welcome reception SPIE Smart Structures NDE 2016
Welcome reception SPIE Smart Structures NDE 2016 Welcome reception SPIE Smart Structures NDE 2016


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SPIE Smart Structures

20-24 March 2016
Las Vegas Nevada, USA


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Desert debut begins with awards

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