Accession Number : ADA317657

Title :   Smart Structures and Materials: Implications for Military Aircraft of New Generation. (Structures et materiaux intelligents -- les retombes pour les aeronefs militaires de la nouvelle generation).

Descriptive Note : Lecture series.

Corporate Author : ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)

PDF Url : ADA317657

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 146

Abstract : Over the last five years, smart structures and materials have emerged throughout the world as new technologies. The main applications concern both the military domain (new aircraft, space, engines and ships) and civilian fields such as aeronautics, motors, energy, health and the building trade. They offer many advantages: (1) reduction of cost due to a reduction of duplication; (2) reduction of weight; (3) reduction of energy consumption; and, (4) improvement of system performance, maintenance and repair. The best methods for design and processing of affordable materials are only beginning to be addressed by researchers. Concurrent engineering and intelligent processing of materials concepts will be essential to enable smart materials to make the transition from the laboratory into applications. This lecture series will offer designers, industrial, and maintenance personnel (military and civilian) a better view of these techniques. It will review and identify the important basic elements of intelligent structures and will present the fundamental principles of the main sensing approaches related to the possible applications. Because the subject is so broad, the applications discussed will be limited to aircraft.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY AIRCRAFT, *AIRCRAFT DESIGN, MONITORING, PROCESSING, DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, STRUCTURES, DAMPING, CONCURRENT ENGINEERING, REDUCTION, AERONAUTICS, COSTS, MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL, REPAIR, WEIGHT, FRENCH LANGUAGE, ENERGY CONSUMPTION, LECTURES.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Military Aircraft Operations
      Miscellaneous Materials

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE