Abstract

Having the correct camouflage for the current surroundings increases the safety of personnel and can provide a tactical advantage. However, theatres of war are rarely homogeneous and this leads to a compromise in order for the pattern to work in different subsets. In this work we take inspiration from the photonic structures found in insects to produce elastomeric composite materials with embedded photonic crystals that suggest a material solution for an adaptive camouflage system. Colour change for these materials is effected through mechanical straining of the produced composite. The procedure used to make these materials is detailed and preliminary results from testing of the mechanical and optical properties that these materials exhibit is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2014
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780791846155
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2014 - Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201410 Sep 2014

Conference

ConferenceASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNewport
Period8/09/1410/09/14

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    Gent, I. O., Seddon, A. M., Roberts, N. W., & Trask, R. S. (2014). Polychromatic composite films for adaptive camouflage. In ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2014 (Vol. 2). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/SMASIS20147508