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Course Detail

Course Name Smart Materials and Structures
Course Code 15CVL437
Program B. Tech. in Civil Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction to Smart Materials and Structures – Instrumented structures functions and response – Sensing systems – Self -diagnosis – Signal processing consideration – Actuation systems and effectors.

Measuring techniques: Strain Measuring Techniques using Electrical strain gauges, Types – Resistance – Capacitance – Inductance – Wheatstone bridges – Pressure transducers – Load cells – Temperature Compensation – Strain Rosettes.

Unit 2

Sensing Technology – Types of Sensors – Physical Measurement using Piezo Electric Strain measurement – Inductively Read Transducers – The LVDT – Fiber optic Techniques.

Chemical and Bio-Chemical sensing in structural Assessment – Absorptive chemical sensors – Spectroscopes – Fibre Optic Chemical Sensing Systems and Distributed measurement.

Unit 3

Actuator Techniques – Actuator and actuator materials – Piezoelectric and Electrostrictive Material – Magneto structure Material – Shape Memory Alloys – Electro rheological fluids – Electromagnetic actuation – Role of actuators and Actuator Materials.

Data Acquisition and Processing – Signal Processing and Control for Smart Structures – Sensors as Geometrical Processors – Signal Processing – Control System – Linear and Non-Linear.

Text Books


  • Srinivasan, A. V. and Michael McFarland, D., “Smart Structures: Analysis and Design”, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Michelle Addington and Daniel L. Schodek, “Smart Materials and Technologies: For the Architecture and Design Professions”, Routledge 2004.
  • Brain Culshaw, “Smart Structure and Materials”, Artech House – Borton. London,1996.
  • L. S. Srinath, “Experimental Stress Analysis”, Tata McGraw-Hill, 1998.
  • J. W. Dally and W. F. Riley, “Experimental Stress Analysis”, Tata McGraw-Hill, 1998.

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