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Integrating shape memory alloys into composite materials: structural optimization and its implications on lightweight design
Author(s): Christian Boller
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Paper Abstract

Shape memory alloys have attracted a lot of attention due to their various features but have also led to some reluctance in application due to the complexity of understanding and thus handling of their constitutive behavior. This paper tries to explain how such a complexity can be managed by simply considering a SMA's configurable passive damping behavior in a first step. The whole process chain from analytically handling a SMA, its integration into a SMA composite, the SMA performance with regard to damping, manufacturing of the SMA composite up to design, and manufacturing and performance of a SMA composite aerodynamic profile will be discussed. Rise will also be given as to how algorithms for structural optimization can be better used for identifying optimum configurations of smart composites leading to a true light weight design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5062, Smart Materials, Structures, and Systems, (14 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.514387
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Christian Boller, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5062:
Smart Materials, Structures, and Systems
S. Mohan; B. Dattaguru; S. Gopalakrishnan, Editor(s)

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