The Optimal Design of Structures Incorporating "Smart Materials"
Final rept. 1 Sep 94-31 Dec 97
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR
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The purpose of this project was to develop a rigorous theoretical foundation of the design of structures incorporating general smart materials, and to explore, extend and develop the use of sensors and actuators that employ finite length paths. It is anticipated that this project will fundamentally impact the practice of designing passive and active materials, and structural topologies. There were three main tasks to be performed under this grant. These tasks are listed below along wit some of the details of our current approach and status. Even though this grant has ended, some of this work as described below is continuing with support from various other sources.
- Miscellaneous Materials
- Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment