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Composite Laminate Components for Robotic and Machine Systems: Research Issues in Design

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B. S. Thompson

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824-1226

Appl. Mech. Rev 40(11), 1545-1552 (Nov 01, 1987) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3149543 History: Online June 03, 2009

Abstract

Composite materials, which have already revolutionized the aerospace industry and are being increasingly utilized in the automotive industry to fabricate lightweight, high-stiffness components are an essential ingredient for the next generation of robotic and machine systems. This trend in the increasing utilization of composite materials has been precipitated by the insatiable demands in the international marketplace for machinery which has superior performance characteristics than the current products. As more stringent performance characteristics are imposed upon the design specifications for the next generation of machine systems, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the conventional metals are already being employed near the limits of their inherent physical properties and the designer must now utilize the superior properties of modern polymeric composite materials. This paper examines the proposition of fabricating machine systems with these advanced materials by reviewing the advantages to be gained from this approach prior to identifying the frontier problems and discussing potential solution strategies.

Copyright © 1987 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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