Issue No. 04 - July/August (2002 vol. 4)
Dale R. Shires , US Army Research Laboratory
William Green , US Army Research Laboratory
Shawn Walsh , US Army Research Laboratory
<p>For many reasons, both military and civilian technologies increasingly use composite materials. They are strong and lightweight, thick composites, in which additional materials such as ceramic plates can be inserted, are even more robust. Insitu sensors, placed into a composite part during manufacture, can monitor manufacturing processes while having little or no effect on final mechanical and structural properties. Readings from these sensors can indicate or delineate different phases of a manufacturing process and determine when a process is complete. Sensors that remain in a composite part after manufacture can also be used, for example, for long-term health monitoring.</p>
D. R. Shires, W. Green and S. Walsh, "Designing, Controlling, and Visualizing Composite Material Manufacturing," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 4, no. , pp. 86-91, 2002.