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A computer aided engineering approach to smart structures design

A computer aided engineering approach to smart structures design

Objective

Smart Structures Technology offers tremendous opportunities for improving the performance, quality and environmental impact of products in many industrial sectors. The key challenge is to bring the current fundamental breakthroughs on the level of material s, electronics and control to the level of industrial use in integrated applications. To realize this, the smart systems should not any longer be considered as a product add-on. The material and smart system design process must become part of the complete, integrated, product creation process, requiring the development of an adapted simulation-based Computer Aided Engineering methodology. The objective of this Research Training Network is to develop such modelling framework for designing macro-scale active noise and vibration control applications based on the integration of intelligent, high-performing, material systems. This requires the development of modelling capabilities for the intelligent material systems and sensor/actuator components, for the control systems as well as for their integration in system-level virtual prototyping models, enabling the evaluation of performance as well as reliability and cost aspects. Making this next step in smart systems goes beyond the technological developments. The key requirement is that the various domain specialists on the level of materials, electronics, control systems, design simulation, dynamics, noise, vibration etc, step outside their niche expertise domain and get fully acquainted with the multidisciplinary aspects related to the integration of all these components in industrial applications. Without this, smart structures will remain an academic topic. As such integrated knowledge is at present not available with product and subsystem designers, a multidisciplinary training program is needed and will be developed. A dedicated training course program, a schedule of research exchanges and a well-structured training-through-research program are the basic elements.

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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
Leuven

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Wim DESMET (Prof.)

Participants (13)

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BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS

Hungary

CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA

Italy

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT - SOCIETA CONSORTILE PER AZIONI

Italy

CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL DES ARTS ET METIERS

France

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

Germany

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN

Sweden

LMS INTERNATIONAL NV

Belgium

RIETER AUTOMOTIVE MANAGEMENT AG

Switzerland

TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND

Finland

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DARMSTADT

Germany

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 35559

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium