View Full Version : UCLA short course on "Smart Structures"

Goodin, Bill
06-02-1998, 10:38 AM
> On August 31-September 2, 1998, UCLA Extension will present the short
> course, "Smart Structures: Active and Sensory Applications", on the
> UCLA campus in Los Angeles.
> The instructors are Gregory P. Carman, PhD, Associate Professor,
> Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, UCLA; Allen
Bronowicki, PhD, Senior Staff Engineer, TRW Space and Technology;
> and Peter Jardine, PhD, Senior Technical Specialist, Northrop Grumman.
Smart structures (i.e. active and sensory) are being used in a wide
of products. For example, the Hubble telescope contains smart materials
for correcting optical deficiencies; sporting goods such as K-2
skis integrate active materials for damping undesirable vibrations; and
X-33 reusable launch vehicle will contain sensory materials for damage
detection. This course presents both fundamental concepts and practical
instruction in the use of smart structures for these and other
applications. Lectures and demonstrations cover current smart material
applications in space and aerospace structures, and information is
provided to extrapolate these concepts to other evolving applications in

infrastructure, biomedical, and sporting goods.

The course is divided into three areas covering a number of applied
pertaining to smart structural systems. The first lecture reviews basic
material properties, models, and costs associated with a wide range of
active and sensory material systems. A demonstration of each material
system is provided, along with a review of health monitoring approaches
to detect damage in a structure. The second lecture describes
applications of smart materials in space structures, primarily for
and pointing control. Finite element models with piezoelectric elements
are explained, as well as their use in sensor selection and actuator
location. The design of feedback and adaptive feed-forward control
algorithms is discussed, while the implementation of sensor, actuator,
and control electronics is covered in detail. Principles are reinforced
through the use of the Smart Strut Demo, a self-contained portable
damping learning aid. The third lecture describes the integration of
materials into a wide range of aerospace applications. (Although
aerospace applications are given substantial coverage, applications in
different areas such as manufacturing/civil engineering, biomedical, and

automotive are discussed as well.) At the end of the lectures, break-out

sessions are formed to discuss the material and investigate applications

of interest to participants.

The course is designed for both project managers and design engineers
interested in implementing or evaluating smart structures for a wide
range of applications, and is not intended to be an advanced
graduate-level course. It contains introductory material reviewing the
basics and provides details describing current state-of-the-art
developments in the field.

> The course fee is $1195, which includes extensive course materials.
> These materials are for participants only, and are not for sale.
> For a more information and a complete course description, please
> contact Marcus Hennessy at:
> (310) 825-1047
> (310) 206-2815 fax
> mhenness@unex.ucla.edu
> http://www.unex.ucla.edu/shortcourses
> This course may also be presented on-site at company locations.

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