Multi-Physics Nano-Engineered Structural Damage Detection and De-Icing
Author(s)Guzman de Villoria, Roberto; Kessler, Seth S.; Wicks, Sunny S.; Miravete, Antonio; Wardle, Brian L.
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Catastrophic structural failures are the cause of many physical and personal losses, at a worldwide cost estimated at billions of dollars per year. Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques have been pursued and employed for damage detection of structures to detect cracks and other damage at pre-critical levels for remediation [1-3]. To address drawbacks with state-of-the-art approaches, a novel multi-physics approach is reported that takes advantage of the effects that damage has on the electrical and thermal transport in a material containing aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to create a new damage detection technique. Another application of the same nano-engineered composites is in thermal applications such as de-icing and anti-icing systems. Icing is a serious problem that has caused several aircraft incidents associated with temperatures ranging between -40 ºC to 0 ºC. Although some technologies have been developed, improved solutions are desirable in order to obtain lighter and more efficient technologies
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Proceedings of the 18th international conference on Composite Materials (ICCM), 2011
Guzmán de Villoria, R., Kessler, S.S., Yamamoto, N., Miravete, A., and B.L. Wardle, “Multi-Physics Nano-engineered Structural Damage Detection and De-icing,” 18th International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM), Jeju Island, South Korea, Aug. 21-26, 2011.
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