DEVELOPMENT OF SMART MATERIAL STRUCTURES WITH PIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 17711
Amount: $614,855.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, Industrial Pk, Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shirley Darrah
 (207) 282-5911
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Research Institution
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Abstract
FIBER MATERIALS, INC. (FMI) PROPOSES A PROGRAM TO DEVELOP A NEW CLASS OF SMART MATERIALS WHICH HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF SENSING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND RESPONDING TO IT IN A DESIRED MANNER. PIEZOELECTRIC SENSORS AND ACTUATORS WILL BE COUPLED ELECTRICALLY TO FORM THE SMART MATERIAL STRUCTURE. A NEW TYPE OF COMPOSITE MATERIAL CONTAINING PIEZOELECTRIC TUBES WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR HIGH ACTUATION WITH LOW VOLTAGES. THE PROGRAM WILL BE CONDUCTED BY FMI IN COLLABORATION WITH PROF. ERIC CROSS AND DR. QIMING ZHANG OF THE MATERIALS RESEARCH LABORATORY AT PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY. THE PHASE I PROGRAM BUILDS ON THE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS OF FMI AND MRL WITH RELATED MATERIALS. IT WILL RESULT IN A DEMONSTRATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NEW COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND OF THE SENSOR/PZT TUBE COMBINATION. CALCULATIONS OF TRANSFER FUNCTIONS FOR PZT/RESIN COMBINATIONS WILL ALSO BE INITIATED. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS - THE PROPOSED SMART MATERIAL STRUCTURE WILL HAVE NUMEROUS APPLICATIONS IN GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY. IT CAN BE USED IN FLOW PATTERN MODIFICATION TO REDUCE FLOW RESISTANCE AND ELIMINATE FLOW NOISE, IN LARGE AREA VIBRATION ISOLATION, IN IMPROVING THE CONTACT BETWEEN IRREGULAR SURFACES AND TO REDUCE THE FRICTION OF MOTION BETWEEN TWO SURFACES. FMI(R) IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF FIBER MATERIALS, INC.

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