Real-time state awareness of critical structures can significantly influence decisions on their operation in a cost-effective, reliable, and safe manner. Intelligent sensor networks that can be integrated with materials and structures provide a key solution to state awareness. Structural health monitoring (SHM) technology can be utilized as a foundation to create a platform that is needed for construction of the "intelligent structures". This presentation will highlight recent progress in SHM toward the design of intelligent structures in the Structures and Composites Laboratory at Stanford with emphasis on composite materials with embedded sensor networks for self-diagnosis and robotic arms with sensory skins to enhance self-awareness. However, design, fabrication and characterization of this new class of the materials involve multiple disciplines across the engineering fields and a paradigm change from traditional design principle. New challenges in research, education and implementation of the materials will be discussed.
Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang is a Professor and the Director of Structures and Composites Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and a co-founder of Acellent Technologies. He is the Editor in Chief of the international Journal of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), the recipient of 2004 SHM Life-time Achievement Award by Boeing Company, and the 2010 SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Life-Time Achievement award. Founding Chair of the International Industry Steering Committee for SHM, the Founding Director of Japan Smart Structures and Materials Research Center at AIST; Fellows of AIAA and ASME.
Friday, April 18th, 2014
12:30 pm EDT
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