Smart Composite Sandwich Structures for Future Aerospace Application -Damage Detection and Suppression-: a Review

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Author(s)

    • TAKEDA Nobuo
    • Department of Advanced Energy, Graduated School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
    • MINAKUCHI Shu
    • Department of Advanced Energy, Graduated School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
    • OKABE Yoji
    • Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Abstract

Sandwich structures with advanced composite facesheets are attracting much attention as a solution to maximize the potential of composite materials. However, the composite sandwich structures are prone to damage, such as impact damage and debonding. Although these damages are difficult to detect using conventional nondestructive inspection method, they cause significant reduction in the mechanical properties. Hence, several researchers have attempted to detect and suppress the damages using smart sensors and actuators. In this paper recent developments on smart technologies to improve reliability of the composite sandwich structures are reviewed. First, the state-of-the-art sandwich technology in aerospace application is presented. Next, typical damages in composite sandwich structures are described, which is essential to effectively apply the smart technologies to sandwich structures. Then, smart technologies which have been applied to sandwich structures are briefly shown with focusing specific properties of sandwich structures. It includes damage detection using dynamic response, wave propagation and optical fiber sensors. Finally, a smart honeycomb sandwich concept is also presented.

Journal

  • Journal of Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering

    Journal of Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering 1(1), 3-17, 2007

    The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130000076019
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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