Presenter Information

Bradley Wayne Gentelin


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Chandrashekhara, K.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


The objective of the research project is to investigate the feasibility of using the rapidly growing technology of smart materials in actively controlling the buckling of laminated composite plates. Advanced composite structures are susceptible to structural instabilities under compression loadings, and the proper control of such instabilities is essential to the effective performance of the structures. The focus of the research activity is to perform an experimental study of using embedded piezoelectric materials for enhancing the critical buckling loads of laminated composite plates. The forces induced by the piezoelectric actuators under the applied voltage fields will be used to counterbalance the occurrence of buckling. In order to gain hands-on experience, the test specimen to be examined will be fabricated in the composite material laboratory.

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Presentation Date

29 Jan 1993