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Dynamic stress compensation by smart actuation
Author(s): Hans Irschik; Markus Gusenbauer; Uwe Pichler
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Paper Abstract

The actuating physical mechanisms utilized in smart materials can be described by eigenstrains. E.g., the converse piezoelectric effect in a piezoelastic body may be understood as an actuating eigenstrain. In the last decades, piezoelectricity has been extensively applied for the sake of actuation and sensing of structural vibrations. An important field of research in this respect has been devoted to the goal of compensating force-induced vibrations by means of eigenstrains. Considering the state-of-the-art in structural control and smart materials, almost no research has been performed on the problem of compensating stresses in force-loaded engineering structures by eigenstrains. It is well-known that stresses can influence the characteristics and the age of structures in various unpleasant ways. The present contribution is concerned with corresponding concepts for stress compensation which may have a highly beneficial influence upon the lifetime and structural integrity of the structure under consideration. We discuss the possibilities offered by displacement compensation to reduce the stresses to their quasi-static parts. As a numerical example, we consider the step response of an irregularly shaped cantilevered elastic plate under the action of an assigned traction at its boundary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5383, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control, (26 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.539693
Show Author Affiliations
Hans Irschik, Johannes-Kepler-Univ. Linz (Austria)
Markus Gusenbauer, PROFACTOR Produktionsforschungs GmbH (Austria)
Uwe Pichler, Johannes-Kepler-Univ. Linz (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5383:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control
Ralph C. Smith, Editor(s)

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