Development and experimental verification of an adaptive structure for phased antenna array using SMA bunch

Qian Zhang, Baofu Tang, Jianguo Cai, Ruiguo Yang, Jian Feng

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An adaptive structure for a phased antenna array is proposed using shape memory alloy (SMA) as an actuation component for the plate flatness control. Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors are designed for plate strain measurement, and a strain displacement transformation method is introduced to obtain the deformation field from the strain measurement data. The deformation field is then used to determine the correction loads of actuation points using integer nonlinear programming analysis. An adaptive prototype for the phased antenna array plate is developed with the distribution of monitored, actuation, and load points. Numerical simulations are performed to demonstrate the detailed process of the strain displacement transformation method. Moreover, the method is further discussed after testing the adaptive plate structure with the digital image correlation (DIC) technology. Finally, the reliability and efficiency of the proposed active control scheme are validated with an experimental setup. The study promotes the engineering application of the active control concept in large scale phased antenna arrays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111293
JournalEngineering Structures
StatePublished - Dec 15 2020


  • Flatness
  • Phased antenna array
  • Shape memory alloy
  • Strain-displacement theory
  • Test verification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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