Smart Structures: Blurring the Distinction Between the Living and the Nonliving

Hardcover | October 18, 2007

byVinod K. Wadhawan

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A structure is an assembly that serves an engineering function. A smart structure is one that serves this function smartly, i.e. by responding adaptively in a pre-designed useful and efficient manner to changing environmental conditions. Adaptive behaviour of one or more materials constitutinga smart structure requires nonlinear response. This book describes the three main types of nonlinear-response materials: ferroic materials, soft materials, and nanostructured materials. Information processing by biological and artificial smart structures is also discussed. A smart structuretypically has sensors, actuators, and a control system. Progress in all these aspects of smart structures has leant heavily on mimicking Nature, and the all-important notion in this context has been that of evolution. Artificial Darwinian and Lamarckian evolution holds the key to the development oftruly smart structures. Modestly intelligent robots are already on the horizon. Projections about the low-cost availability of adequate computing power and memory size indicate that the future really belongs to smart structures. This book covers in a compact format the entire gamut of conceptsrelevant to smart structures. It should be of interest to a wide range of students and professionals in science and engineering.

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A structure is an assembly that serves an engineering function. A smart structure is one that serves this function smartly, i.e. by responding adaptively in a pre-designed useful and efficient manner to changing environmental conditions. Adaptive behaviour of one or more materials constitutinga smart structure requires nonlinear respon...

Dr Vinod Kumar Wadhawan Solid State Physics Division Raja Ramanna Fellow Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Mumbai India M.Sc. (1967) Ph.D. (1976) 1979-80 Nuffield Foundation Travelling Fellow, Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, U. K. 1985- Regional Editor for Asia, Phase Transitions (Taylor and Francis, U. K.). 1999-2004 Head, Laser M...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:October 18, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199229171

ISBN - 13:9780199229178

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview2. Information Processing by Biological and Artificial Smart Structures3. Ferroic Materials4. Soft Matter5. Self-Assembly and Self-Organization of Matter6. Nanostructures7. Human Intelligence8. Smart Sensor Systems9. Sensors and Actuators for Smart Structures10. Machine Intelligence11. The Future of Smart StructuresAppendices

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`A unique book, well written and of a wide interest. The idea of smart materials is very much of the moment.'Mike Glazer, University of Oxford