Intelligent materials

  • Holger Hanselka
  • Jürgen Nuffer

Abstract

Intelligent materials are capable of responding to stimuli or changes in the environment and adapting their function accordingly. Piezoelectric materials, magneto- and electrostrictive materials, shape memory materials and functional fluids are all used to influence the mechanical properties of systems. The physical effect is not the same: sensors transform mechanical energy into measurable electrical parameters; whilst actuators transform other energy forms into mechanical energy.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Holger Hanselka
    • 1
  • Jürgen Nuffer
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBFDarmstadtGermany

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