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Smart Structures: Blurring the Distinction Between the Living and the Nonliving

Vinod K. Wadhawan


A structure is an assembly that serves an engineering function. A smart structure is one that serves this function smartly, i.e., by responding adaptively in a pre-designed useful and efficient manner to changing environmental conditions. Smartness is normally associated with living beings, because they have the tendency to adapt themselves to changing situations. Artificial smart structures are designed to mimic biological structures to a small or large extent. This book gives a modern and comprehensive account of how this can be done. Adaptive behaviour of one or more materials constituting ... More

Keywords: adaptive response, nonlinear-response materials, ferroic materials, soft materials, nanostructured materials, information processing, biological evolution, artificial evolution, robots

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199229178
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vinod K. Wadhawan, author
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai