Presenter Information

Peter E. Hackett


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Chandrashekhara, K.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


One of the important features of smart composite structures is their capability to observe their own performance for proper functioning and self-diagnostic purposes. The low velocity impact damage of composite structures (matrix cracking, fiber breakage, delamination, etc.) is often difficult to detect visually and can significantly reduce the strength of the structure. The objective of this research is to develop a technique for fabricating composite laminates that will facilitate the embedment of optical fibers. Composite test specimens will be fabricated in the composite material laboratory. The fabrication of composite laminates with a health monitoring and damage assessment system capable of providing real time data using embedded optical fibers will be investigated. The existing impact test facility will be extensively modified in order to extract the real time data.

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Presentation Date

29 Jan 1993