| The Smart Technology Centre (SMART-TECH) operates at
the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
Smart technologies compose a relatively new, dynamically developing, interdisciplinary research
field, closely linked to Hi-Tech and encompassing a wide spectrum of engineering applications.
The term smart technologies also coincides with another term mechatronics, coming from
the combination of mechanics and electronics. The activity of the SMART-TECH Centre is mainly
motivated by the issues of safety and integrity of engineering systems with the focus on
the following areas:
Examples of challenging SMART-TECH problems are the following:
- intelligent materials (e.g. Piezo-Electrics, Shape Memory Alloys, Magneto-Rheological Fluids),
- actuators (devices based on active materials and so-called MEMS: Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems),
- acoustic-electronic systems for damage detection and identification,
- sensors and structural observability,
- control systems,
- active materials with adaptively controlled microstructures,
- structural control applications (various types of structures equipped with controlled devices to get a synergetic effect,
significantly improving the overall structural performance, e.g. vibration, deformation, stress or shape control),
- software tools for design of adaptive structures.
- design of safe structures, self-adaptive to unpredictable critical conditions (e.g. earthquake, impact or explosion)
by applying adaptively controlled structural fuses,
- design and optimal location of structural fuses and active materials with adaptively controlled microstructures and high
potential of impact energy absorption for adaptive crashworthiness applications,
- distributed control of intelligent materials for vibration and noise reduction,
- modelling of intelligent systems and development of efficient software tools for design of smart structures and
computer simulation of their response,
- modelling of nano-materials and development of the corresponding software tools,
- development of new techniques for damage detection and identification.