Advanced Engineering 2019

IPTRADE Launches Commercially Available Smart Composite Structure

15 July 2007

IPTRADE has completed the development phase of first commercially available smart composite structure.

The design and manufacturing effort for the patents pending smart composite lasted for 18 months and was successfully completed with the help of their exclusive manufacturing partner, ARC Technologies. The smart composite structure incorporates multiple layers of piezoceramic (PZT) wafers, enabling it to be at once a high-fidelity structural strain sensor and a high precision strain actuator. According to IPTRADE, key technological breakthroughs include full compatibility with commonly accepted manufacturing practices for glass/epoxy and graphite/epoxy composites.

The primary uses of the smart composite are expected to be non-destructive testing (NDT) and structural health monitoring, as well as precision control of elastic vibration.

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