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Advanced Hybrid Mechatronic Materials for ultra precise and high performance machining systems design

 
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The final objective of this programme is the development of reliable and cost-effective hybrid mechatronic structures based on smart composite materials with advanced properties, adaptable characteristics and capable of performing unique functions.

A hybrid mechatronic structural component can be divided into three major elements:
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  • Basic Materials, either structural (resin, fibres, viscoelastic materials, glues, composite plies etc.) or functional (sensors, actuators etc.) which will be addressed in WP1.

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  • The active-sensory and adaptive structural component, manufactured as an assembly of smart composite materials (sensors and actuator materials integrated into a structural matrix), laminates, active dampers, ..., driven by multiple design and performance objectives (e.g. capabilities of vibration control, thermal control and real-time damage detection), which will be addressed in WP2.

  • The smart structural system, which entails the previous structural component with signal and information processing, controller, power supply and electronic modules (WP3). This final integration will yield the final product with envisioned multi-functionality according to the desired application (WP5).

The final demonstrator will be designed, simulated (WP4), set up (WP5), tailored and validated (WP6) for specific applications requirements of high performance and precision machining.
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This project is funded by the European Commission, under the 6th Framework Program
for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration.
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