Smart structural composites with the ability to monitor vibration and damage

N. Shaikh, S. Chen, Y. Lu, D. Timm

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Smart materials/structures have embedded sensors to monitor their own state. A novel sensor was synthesized by sputtering a piezoelectric film onto a metal fiber. The piezo-fiber sensor, similar in configuration to an optical fiber, is active since an electric field is developed when strained. Thus the sensor can detect vibration as well as fracture in a manner similar to acoustic emission. The sensor is well suited for use in fibrous composites, where it can be easily incorporated into filaments and strands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number17770O
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - May 1 1992
Event1st European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials 1992 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: May 12 1992May 14 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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