Integração Óptima de Materiais e Estruturas
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Understanding the operating fundamental and the application potential of smart materials and smart structures
A system containing multifunctional parts that can perform sensing, control, and actuation can be considered as a smart structure. Smart materials are used to construct these smart structures, which can perform both sensing and actuation functions. Hence, enhanced performance can be obtained through a combination of different materials, sensors and actuators. It covers characterization and optimization of performance of smart materials and structures (single-phase materials, composite materials, smart structures) either by smart materials, functional graded materials, shape memory alloys and active structures. Besides the characterization, information will be given covering manufacturing, assembly and systems ‘‘responsiveness’’ to environmental stimuli and their ‘‘agility.’’ An integration of sensors, actuators, and a control system to perform many desirable functions, such as synchronization with environmental changes, self-repair of damages, etc. will be pursued.