Accession Number : AD1017128

Title :   Development of Thermally Actuated, High Temperature Composite Morphing Concepts

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Feb 2014,01 Feb 2016

Corporate Author : University of Bristol Bristol United Kingdom

Personal Author(s) : Weaver,Paul

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Report Date : 31 Mar 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : A thermal bimorph is a thin laminate which develops curvature upon heating on account of being constructed from layers of mismatched thermal expansion coefficients. However, current bimorphs are generally limited to benign temperatures and linear temperature displacement relationships. This work develops modelling techniques and fabrication methods that facilitate the use of nonlinear-response thermal bimorphs in high-temperature morphing structures. Successful application of this work may yield morphing hot structures in extreme environments. A particularly appealing set of applications exists in gas turbine engines, which stand to benefit greatly from aerodynamic control in their combustors, turbines, and nozzles. The overarching goal of this project was s to develop the techniques and understanding necessary to fabricate high-temperature, thermally actuated morphing structures that operate with a tailored, nonlinear response to temperature change; that is, actuators whose displacement can be either concentrated at a triggering temperature, or spread out over a given temperature range.

Descriptors :   ceramic matrix composites , metal matrix composites , materials processing , composite material fabrication , material degradation processes , laminates , mechanical working , dielectric gases , fabrication , thermal properties , actuators , high temperature

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