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Intelligent Lightweight Aerospace Structures

Intelligent Lightweight Aerospace Structures

Monday 23/08/2021
  • Professor Michele Meo
  • guest lecture
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Bath
  • The talk will be given in English

A major ambition of aerospace industries is to improve flight performance of commercial and military aircraft. One of the key activities towards this ambition is the development of high performance structural composite materials. Composite materials are specifically of interest to aerospace applications because of their low weight and increase strength. The development and deployment of new structural composite technologies will have the greatest impact on the reduction of weight and operational costs of aircraft compared with other technologies. The vulnerability however of composite structures to localised, dynamic, sudden, unexpected and impact loads, such as foreign object damage, may result in unpredictable complex localized damage and a loss of post-impact residual strength.

In order to efficiently exploit composite materials, there is a stringent need to develop means to detect dynamic loadings  alongside improvement in smart sensing, inspection and maintenance techniques in a timely and cost efficient manner. This talk discuss novel Structural Health Monitoring and Non-Destructive techniques based on non-linear acoustics methods, Smart Materials (Shape memory alloys and graphene) and Structures, and material models and simulation methods for the design and manufacture intelligent aerospace composite structures under  impact loadings that could lead to a significant reduction of weight, design and certification cost.


Light refreshments will be served before the lecture
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