Smart materials spur additional design possibilities

by: Kami Buchholz, Ryan Gehm 20 Apr 2007 | 23 views
Year: 2007 | Document Type: ARTICLE | File Format: pdf | Language: uk
Smart materials spur additional design possibilities
Automotive Engineering International Magazine Online, April 2007.


An on-demand air dam that deploys without mechanical assistance is just one example of an on-vehicle technology being put in motion through the use of a smart material.

Temperature, stress, or a magnetic field can make a smart material change
its shape, strength, and/or stiffness. That means a smart material can move without needing a motor or hydraulics.

Shape memory alloys and polymers currently commercially available include NiTi (nickel titanium) and CuAlZn (copper aluminum zinc).

(Source: AIE Online)

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