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Development of Actuator Networks by Means of Diagonal Arrangements of Shape Memory Alloys in Adaptive Fiber-Reinforced Plastics

Moniruddoza Ashir, Andreas Nocke,
Published: 10 June 2022

Abstract: Adaptive fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) contain actuators that enable the controlled modification of system states and characteristics. The textile-technical integration of actuators, in particular shape memory alloys, into reinforcing fabrics has increasingly been applied in recent years. The objective is to achieve optimum force transmission from shape memory alloy to FRP, long-term stability of adaptive FRP as well as a maximum degree of deformation. This paper presents the development of actuator networks for adaptive FRP, where two shape memory alloys are integrated into reinforcing fabrics by means of open reed weaving technology. After infusion of the functionalized reinforcing fabrics, the deformation behavior of adaptive FRP was characterized with variable actuator switching frequencies (≥ 1 Hz) or actuator activation times (≤ 1 s).
Keywords: Adaptive Fiber-Reinforced Plastics / Shape Memory Alloys / Weaving

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