Smart materials

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In the context of this discussion, we must understand what "smart" materials are. Our focus will lie on responsive materials - transducer materials even - where one form of imput trigger causes a change in the material's properties, usually in a different physical or chemical domain from the input. The smartness in these materials is in the final reckoning in their design to optimize to specific properties. In some communities, and especially in the smart materials and structures community, these are the smart materials of the title of this chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of life support systems (EOLSS)
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials science and engineering
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • conventional
  • piezoelectric materials
  • electrostrictive materials
  • magnetostrictive materials
  • electro-rheological
  • magneto-rheological fluids
  • mems
  • nanotubes

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