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Impact analysis of automotive structures with distributed smart material systems
Author(s): Saravanan M. Peelamedu; Ganapathy Naganathan; Stephen J. Buckley
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Paper Abstract

New class of automobiles has structural skins that are quite different from their current designs. Particularly, new families of composite skins are developed with new injection molding processes. These skins while support the concept of lighter vehicles of the future, are also susceptible to damage upon impact. It is important that their design should be based on a better understanding on the type of impact loads and the resulting strains and damage. It is possible that these skins can be integrally designed with active materials to counter damages. This paper presents a preliminary analysis of a new class of automotive skins, using piezoceramic as a smart material. The main objective is to consider the complex system with, the skin to be modeled as a layered plate structure involving a lightweight material with foam and active materials imbedded on them. To begin with a cantilever beam structure is subjected to a load through piezoceramic and the resulting strain at the active material site is predicted accounting for the material properties, piezoceramic thickness, adhesive thickness including the effect of adhesives. A finite element analysis is carried out to compare experimental work. Further work in this direction would provide an analytical tool that will provide the basis for algorithms to predict and counter impacts on the future class of automobiles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3667, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350138
Show Author Affiliations
Saravanan M. Peelamedu, Univ. of Toledo (United States)
Ganapathy Naganathan, Univ. of Toledo (United States)
Stephen J. Buckley, Daimler Chrysler Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3667:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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