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    > 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
    range
    of products. For example, the Hubble telescope contains smart materials
    for correcting optical deficiencies; sporting goods such as K-2
    composite
    skis integrate active materials for damping undesirable vibrations; and
    the
    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
    structural
    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
    topics
    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
    vibration
    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
    active
    damping learning aid. The third lecture describes the integration of
    smart
    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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