Special Issue "Smart Sensors and Smart Structures"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2019).
Interests: embedded sensors; piezoelectric sensors; smart structures; damage detection; ultrasonic sensors; nondestructive testing; structural health monitoring; intelligent civil structures
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Interests: ultrasonic transducers; guided waves; smart structures; damage detection; piezoelectric sensors; strain sensors; surface bonded sensors; nondestructive testing; structural health monitoring; intelligent civil structures
Past decades have witnessed the rapid development of sensors, including smart sensors , the sensors that are based on smart materials, such as piezoceramics , PVDFs , fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs), and electrostrictive materials among others. On the other hand, traditional sensors, such as strain gages, thermal couples, pressure transducers, and displacement sensors, are becoming intelligent with integration with a microprocessor, a communication module, and an energy harvesting system. Recently, we also see an increasing number of smart sensors that are enabled by various nanotechnologies. An equal progress has been made on the actuator front. Solid state actuators, such as shape memory alloys , shape memory polymers, magnetostrictive materials , magnetic shape memory materials, and piezoceramics, have migrated from military/space applications to industrial and consumer applications. Meanwhile, a new class of smart fluids materials, such as magneto-rheological (MR) fluids and electrical–rheological (ER) fluids, have emerged and enable a new class of semi-active control devices, such MR dampers and ER dampers, of which the damping properties can be actively controlled. These smart sensors and smart devices are often integrated with various structures  to form so-called smart structures, which possess the ability to sense or/and to respond to environmental or structural changes in a pre-defined way. With the developments in microprocessor technology, wireless communications, and sensor networks, smart sensors, and smart structures are finding more and more applications in structural health monitoring  and structural control  in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and other disciplines. This Special Issue is dedicated to recent rapid developments in smart sensors, smart structures and applications.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Fiber optic sensors, including fiber Bragg gratings, and applications.
- Piezoceramic transducers and applications.
- Ultrasonic transducers and applications.
- Structural health monitoring: damage detection and localization.
- Structural Impact monitoring: detection and localization.
- Smart sensors and sensor network
- Energy harvesting
- Active sensing
- Characterization and modelling of solid materials.
- Shape memory alloys and applications.
- Shape memory polymers and applications
- Structural shape control
- Structural vibration control
- Smart composite materials and smart composite structures
- Nanotechnology enabled smart sensors and smart structures.
Dr. Gangbing Song
Dr. Qingzhao Kong
Dr. Hongwei Ma
- Song, G., Li, W., Wang, B. and Ho, S.C.M., 2017. A review of rock bolt monitoring using smart sensors. Sensors, 17(4), p.776.
- Lu, G., Feng, Q., Li, Y., Wang, H. and Song, G., 2017. Characterization of Ultrasound Energy Diffusion Due to Small-Size Damage on an Aluminum Plate Using Piezoceramic Transducers. Sensors, 17(12), p.2796.
- Qi, B., Kong, Q., Qian, H., Patil, D., Lim, I., Li, M., Liu, D. and Song, G., 2018. Study of Impact Damage in PVA-ECC Beam under Low-Velocity Impact Loading Using Piezoceramic Transducers and PVDF Thin-Film Transducers. Sensors, 18(2), p.671.
- Patil, D. and Song, G., 2016. Shape memory alloy actuated accumulator for ultra-deepwater oil and gas exploration. Smart Materials and Structures, 25(4), p.045012.
- Luo, M., Li, W., Wang, J., Wang, N., Chen, X. and Song, G., 2018. Development of a Novel Guided Wave Generation System Using a Giant Magnetostrictive Actuator for Nondestructive Evaluation. Sensors, 18(3), p.779.
- Dumoulin, C. and Deraemaeker, A., 2017. Real-time fast ultrasonic monitoring of concrete cracking using embedded piezoelectric transducers. Smart Materials and Structures, 26(10), p.104006.
- Song, G., Wang, C., & Wang, B. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Civil Structures. Applied Sciences, 2017, 7(8), 789; doi:10.3390/app7080789
- Song, G., Cai, S., & Li, H. N. Energy Dissipation and Vibration Control: Modeling, Algorithm, and Devices. Applied Sciences, 2017, 7(8), 801; doi:10.3390/app7080801
Dr. Gangbing Song
Dr. Qingzhao Kong
Dr. Hongwei Ma
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- smart sensors
- smart actuators
- smart transducer
- smart structures
- piezoceramic materials
- energy harvesting
- fiber optic sensors
- shape memory alloys
- shape memory polymers
- damage detection
- structural health monitoring
- smart composite materials and smart composite structures
- structural shape and vibration control