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2015/2016 Aerospace Engineering Master Aerospace Engineering
Adaptive Aerospace Structures
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. R. De Breuker    R.DeBreuker@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr. M.J. Martinez    M.J.Martinez@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
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Expected prior knowledge
1. AE2135-II
2. AE2235-I
During this course, the following topics will be covered:
1. Definition of adaptive structures.
2. Smart materials (piezoelectric and shape memory alloys)
3. Smart actuators and sensors
4. Passive and (semi-) active control of adaptive structures
5. Structural Health Monitoring
6. Intelligent structures
7. Morphing structures

The topics will be illustrated with case studies of adaptive structures aircraft.
Course Contents
This course introduces the student to the application of adaptive structures to the aerospace world and adjacent research areas. Adaptive structures are going to play an increasingly important role in the future of aviation. The student will be introduced to the topic of adaptive structures in all its relevant aspects, ranging from terminology over basic elements such as materials, actuators and sensors to implementation of adaptive structures in real-life aerospace applications.
Study Goals
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Know the terminology associated with adaptive structures.
2. Identify the types of conventional and smart materials, actuators and sensors that can be used for adaptive structures.
3. Apply the relevant materials, actuators and sensors for actuation and control of adaptive structures.
4. Implement relevant materials, actuators and sensors into an aerospace structure.
5. Trade-off between conventional and adaptive structures for a given problem case.
Education Method
The lectures will be taught in a lecture room.
Literature and Study Materials
1. Smart Structures: Analysis and Design, Srinivasan and McFarland.
2. Micromechatronics, Giurgiutiu and Lyshevski.
3. Vibration Control of Active Structures, Preumont.
4. Smart Structures: Physical Behaviour, Mathematical Modelling and Applications, Gaudenzi.
1. (Oral) exam, dependent on the number of attendees.
2. Project.