The use of active material based composites, magnetostrictive materials, ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, new elastomeric elements, and magneto-rheological (MR) fluid based devices will be the key to achieving force and motion control performance goals including superior dynamic behavior.
SVC Research Thrusts
Thrust A: Interfacial Mechanisms
Advanced electro-hydrostatic actuators, adaptive powertrain mounts, interfacial force sensors, torque sensing and actuation, etc.
Thrust B: Adaptive NVH
Active micro and nano-composites, gear noise control, vibration control of steering systems, acoustic micro-sensors, panels with tunable stiffness, etc.
Thrust C: Safety
Distributed force sensors, air bag sensor, adaptive seat belt systems, advanced energy absorbing foams, etc.
Thrust D: Energy
Energy harvesting devices, fuel management, powertrain breathing systems, friction control, efficiency enhancement, etc.