Reflexive Aero Structures for Enhanced Survivability
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AbstractCornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop an advanced reflexive structure system to increase the survivability of aerostructures. This reflexive system will mimic the pain withdrawal reflex on which the human body relies. The proposed reflexive system will incorporate a continuous health and performance monitoring system via an embedded dielectric film, an adaptive composite structure based on CRG's shape memory composite material (VeritexTM), and an intelligence system which will be interfaced with both the health/performance sensors and the adaptive structure. When activated, VeritexTM will recover its structural integrity via shape recovery and a novel healing process. These features enable the use of VeritexTM as an adaptive structure in the proposed reflexive system. The development of a reflexive system for aerostructures will enable increased safety and security and demonstrate a better understanding of integrated performance systems. This reflexive technology could find immediate implementation on all current and future UCAV systems and future implementation on platforms such as the International Space Station, Lunar, and Martian habitats.
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