Presenter Information

Michael D. Grabber


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Chandrashekhara, K.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


An increasingly important class of engineering materials are known as fiber reinforced composite materials. They offer outstanding mechanical properties, unique flexibility in design, and ease of fabrication. Because of this, fiber reinforced composites are being found more and more in such diverse applications as aircraft, space vehicles, automobiles, sporting goods, and appliances.

The main objective of this research project was to develop a procedure for which high quality composite plates could be manufactured. The procedure needed to be able to accommodate materials of various thicknesses as well as various sizes. We also wanted the procedure to be versatile enough to allow us to be able to manufacture Smart Materials. Smart Materials are a class of composites which are able to continuously monitor and even manipulate their structural characteristics. Methods for constructing these materials involves embedding sensors and actuators within the composite itself.

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Presentation Date

May 1994