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1, adaptronic structures are designed to perform all three functions: sensing, control and actuation. Roughly speaking, an adaptronic structure is a primitive replica of a biological body. Multifunctional materials are essential components of an adaptronic structure in which each component must be able to communicate with others. Only a limited number of natural materials can meet the high demand of adaptronics. 2 Basic Principles of Functional Materials 31 enhanced functionality and/or to create new functional materials.

To eliminate the effect of variations in disturbance signature and plant dynamics on the smart structures performance. The topic of controllers in adaptronics, will be covered in detail in Chap. 4. 1 Solid State Actuation and Morphing Structures Solid-state actuation signifies the use of the induced-strain effect present in active materials to achieve actuation without any moving parts, i. , in a solid-state manner. Already, solid-state actuation has found niche application in the aerospace industry.

Fig. 2. 2 Basic Principles of Functional Materials 33 Fig. 3. J. M. Herbert [1]) These anomalies would be considered disastrous for many common materials since they signify breakdowns and instabilities. Such anomalies are, however, essential for constructing some of the adaptronic structures because they can provide clear signals to indicate the operating limits and can also respond in large amplitude to mend the damages caused by sudden environmental changes. 2 Microscopic, Mesoscopic, Macroscopic Phenomena and Symmetries Most adaptronic structures are used, or are intended to be used in macroscopic devices.

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