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Integral adaptive composites

Thursday (24.09.2020)
15:40 - 15:55 Z: Special Symposia II
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Function-integrative lightweight engineering bears the potential for a variety of applications in the mechanical engineering, aviation, automotive, sport and medical technology. Various integrated functions can be provided: structural functions, sensor functions, actuator functions, data acquisition and processing as well as complex functions consisting of mechanical structures with sensor, actuator and the respective control. Incorporation of sensors, actuators and electronics in the structure provides a maximum of functionality with a minimum of used material. Fiber-reinforced composite structures are particularly suitable here as they offer the possibility of integrating additional elements into the composite material with comparatively little effort. Within the scope of the development of composite structures with integrated sensor networks, extensive investigations are performed to maintain the functionality of the sensor and electronic elements during component manufacturing. Besides the design and positioning of the elements, the focus is also on adapted manufacturing processes. The integrated elements disturb the composite structure and, thus, can lead to a reduction of the load-bearing capacity of the component. A suitable two-stage design approach is presented enabling a holistic development of complex function-integrative lightweight components. It is only possible to develop such innovative products and solutions if knowledge from the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and informatics is interdisciplinary applied and combined in a target-oriented manner.

Additional Authors:
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Modler
    TU Dresden