Magnetostrictive Actuation of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites

GP McCombe, JA Etches, IP Bond, PH Mellor

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Despite substantial research into smart materials and structures technology, the integration of magnetostrictive materials into fiber-reinforced polymer laminated structures to provide capabilities such as actuation has been limited to date. In this work, magnetostrictive Terfenol-D is inserted into unidirectional glass and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer laminates. The strain developed in the laminates due to the magnetostriction of the Terfenol-D was observed and found to give a maximum of 0.11% normal to the fiber direction for a 3-ply UD carbon fiber laminate with the Terfenol-D recessed within a mid-ply cut-out. This demonstrates the actuation potential of Terfenol-D within a smart structure.
Translated title of the contributionMagnetostrictive Actuation of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249 - 1257
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Volume20 (10)
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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