Actively Modifying Textures Using Shape Memory Materials

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Title: Actively Modifying Textures Using Shape Memory Materials
Creators: Noeth, Zachary
Advisor: Dapino, Marcelo
Issue Date: 2008-06
Abstract: This thesis presents techniques for modifying the surface texture of shape memory polymers with embedded active or passive wires. Previous work has looked at modifying the overall shape of shape memory composites. A key objective of this research is to achieve fully-reversible surface texture activation. The activated surface textures could be used for local aerodynamic control of automobile or aircraft panels by increasing local turbulence near the alterations. A turbulent boundary layer results in a smaller wake. Therefore, this new composite could be useful in applications where a material’s aerodynamic properties are carefully considered in the design process.
Embargo: No embargo
Series/Report no.: The Ohio State University. Department of Mechanical Engineering Honors Theses; 2008
Keywords: modifying textures
active aerodynamics
shape memory
smart materials
Sponsors: Ohio State University's College of Engineering
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