On the Application of Smart Materials in Automotive Structures

  1. Dr. K. Grassie2,
  2. Prof. Dr. E. Teuckhoff3,
  3. Prof. Dr. G. Wegner4,
  4. Prof. Dr. J. Hausselt5 and
  5. Prof. Dr. H. Hanselka6
  1. Holger Manz and
  2. Knut Schmidt

Published Online: 27 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607420.ch88

Functional Materials, Volume 13

Functional Materials, Volume 13

How to Cite

Manz, H. and Schmidt, K. (2000) On the Application of Smart Materials in Automotive Structures, in Functional Materials, Volume 13 (eds K. Grassie, E. Teuckhoff, G. Wegner, J. Hausselt and H. Hanselka), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607420.ch88

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Philips Forschungslaboratorium, Postfach 500145, 52085 Aachen, Germany

  2. 3

    Siemens AG, Postfach 3240, 91050 Erlangen, Germany

  3. 4

    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

  4. 5

    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Postfach 3640, 76201 Karlsruhe, Germany

  5. 6

    Institut für Mechanik, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39160 Magdeburg, Germany

Author Information

  1. Volkswagen AG Wolfsburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302543

Online ISBN: 9783527607426



  • functional materials;
  • automotive structures;
  • smart materials;
  • application


The term adaptronics is generally understood as being the process of creating “more intelligent” structures on the basis of “multi-functional” elements. Multi-functional elements are thereby characterized by the property that these contain at least two functional components (actuator, sensor or controlling mechanism). Included in such multi-functional elements are for instance, shape-memory alloys, bimetals, piezo-electric components, etc. There are many uses for adaptronic elements in automotive applications. Automatic inside day/night mirrors and driving-dynamics control systems are just two examples mentioned here. There are diverse possibilities available for acoustics applications in the interior of the vehicle. Alongside adaptronic systems for the chassis, the use of active vibration compensators for the roof-panel constitutes a very promising approach for improving the acoustics in the interior of the vehicle.