H. S. Tzou

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Photostrictive materials, which have the ability to convert light directly into motion, are emerging as new actuation materials. In this paper, photostrictive elements are employed as structural actuators. Proper selection of the number and location of actuators is one of the critical issues for structural vibration control. In the present work,(More)
Rocket fairings, load-carrying structures of solid rocket motor case, e.g., inter-stage joint, satellite-rocket joint, etc., usually take the shape of conical shell sections. This paper is to evaluate spatially distributed microscopic control characteristics of distributed actuator patches bonded on conical shell surfaces. The converse effect of(More)
Nanocomposite materials of the Au nanoparticles (Au/PDDA-G) and the bimetallic PtAu nanoparticles on poly-(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-modified graphene sheets (PtAu/PDDA-G) were prepared with hydrothermal method at 90 °C for 24 h. The composite materials Au/PDDA-G and PtAu/PDDA-G were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray(More)
Electrostrictive materials, hard ceramics and soft polymers, have been used as precision actuators in many engineering applications. This study is to examine bang–bang control performance of a hybrid Plexiglas beam laminated with polymeric electrostrictive (RTV 270) actuator and piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) sensor layers using both(More)
Distributed sensing of structural states is essential to vibration control, health monitoring and shape control of precision structronic systems. Paraboloidal shells of revolution are widely used in aerospace, telecommunication, etc. structures. However, distributed sensing of paraboloidal shell structures is rarely investigated over the years.(More)