Title page for ETD etd-05182002-110759

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Vigilante, Domenico
Author's Email Address dvigilan@vt.edu
URN etd-05182002-110759
Title Numerical study of two-dimensional smart structures
Degree Master of Science
Department Engineering Science and Mechanics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Henneke, Edmund G. II Committee Chair
Batra, Romesh C. Committee Member
Morris, Don H. Committee Member
  • Piezo-electromechanical Coupling
  • Piezoelectric Transducers
  • Non Conforming Element
  • Finite Element Method
  • Vibrations Control
  • Smart Structures
Date of Defense 2002-04-30
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In this thesis we use a new numerical code, based upon a mixed FEM-Runge-Kutta method, for the analysis and the design of plane 2-dimensional smart structures. We applied the developed code to the study of arbitrarily shaped piezo-electromechanical (PEM) plates. This code is based on a weak formulation of their governing equations as found in [18]. The optimal parameters needed to synthesize the appropriate electric networks are computed, and the overall performances of such plates are investigated. In particular, two examples are studied: firstly, a simple case is used to test the main features of the code; secondly, a more complex PEM plate is designed and analyzed by means of the proposed numerical approach.
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