Modelling of functional materials and adaptive structures

Different FE models

Contact: S. Klinkel

Many devices for adaptive systems employ multi-functional materials. These materials take advantage of a thermo-mechanical, electro-mechanical, or magneto-mechanical material behavior. The Chair of Structural Analysis and Dynamics is concerned with the analysis of coupled problems. In particular two topics are in the scope of the current research. The first one is the development of constitutive models for the multifunctional materials. The second one is to enhance existing or to develop new methods to improve the analysis of smart structures, which are often shell and beam structures.

Topics:

Shape memory alloy fiber – matrix compounds

Numerical modelling of dielectric elastomers

Piezoelectric shell and beam structures