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Vehicular applications of smart material systems
Author(s): Donald J. Leo; Craig Weddle; Ganapathy Naganathan; Stephen J. Buckley
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Paper Abstract

The results of an initial investigation in the use of smart material system for automobiles are presented. For this work, a smart material system is defined as a network of embedded electromechanical devices that are able to sense and affect their environment and autonomously adapt to changes in operating conditions. The development of smart material system for production vehicles has the potential for compact, lightweight subsystems that reduce vehicle weight and improve vehicle performance. This paper presents an overview of current technology and how it contrasts with the development of highly integrated smart material systems. Automotive design requirements are examined to highlight practical constraints associated with integrating smart material technology into automobiles. Representative examples of a embedded sensor-actuator system for camless engines and a smart automotive seat are presented to illustrate the design concepts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3326, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (16 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.310625
Show Author Affiliations
Donald J. Leo, Univ. of Toledo (United States)
Craig Weddle, Univ. of Toledo (United States)
Ganapathy Naganathan, Univ. of Toledo (United States)
Stephen J. Buckley, Chrysler Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3326:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Janet M. Sater, Editor(s)

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