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Overview on macrofiber composite applications

: Schönecker, A.J.; Daue, T.; Bruckner, B.; Freytag, C.; Hahne, L.; Rodig, T.


Armstrong, W.D. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Smart structures and materials 2006. Active materials: behavior and mechanics : 27 February - 2 March 2006, San Diego, California, USA
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2006 (SPIE Proceedings 6170)
ISBN: 0-8194-6223-3
Paper 61701K
Conference "Smart Structures and Materials - Active Materials, Behavior and Mechanics " <2006, San Diego/Calif.>
Fraunhofer IKTS ()
composite material; intelligent actuator; intelligent material; lead compound; piezoelectric actuator; piezoelectric material; piezoelectric transducer; piezoelectricity

Developed at NASA Langley Research Center during the late 90's, the Macro Fiber Composites (MFC) are manufactured by Smart Material Corp. in a full-scale production, today. Numerous research projects have proven the concept of using the MFC in vibration and noise control applications, as well as for health monitoring, morphing of structures and energy harvesting. Because basic performance parameters of products are considerably improved, like for example energy economy, precision and comfort, a widespread use of active structures is expected in the next future. Different MFC types are commercially available meeting already the requirements of a variety of applications. The migration from research projects to high volume, cost effective commercial applications has generated additional need for new MFC designs, electronics on microcontroller and chip level, and system design tools, as well. In this paper, we give an overview of recent progress in the development of the MFC transducers and MFC systems technology.