Smart Structures and Intelligent Systems for Health Monitoring and Diagnostics

M. A. El-Sherif
2005 Applied Bionics and Biomechanics  
"Smart and intelligent" structures are defined as structures capable of monitoring their own "health" condition and structural behavior, such structures are capable of sensing external environmental conditions, making decisions, and sending the information to other locations. Available conventional devices and systems are not technologically mature for such applications. New classes of miniature devices and networking systems are urgently needed for such applications. In this paper, two
more » ... of the successful work achieved so far, in biomedical application of smart structures, are presented. The first one is based on the development of a smart bone fixation device for rehabilitation and treatment. This device includes a smart composite bar that can sense physical stress applied to the fractured bones, and send the information to the patient's physician remotely. The second is on the development of smart fabrics for many applications including health monitoring and diagnostics. Successful development of such smart fabrics with embedded fiber optic sensors and networks is mainly dependent on the development of the proper miniature sensor technology, and on the integration of these sensors into textile structures. The developed smart structures will be discussed and samples of the results will be presented.
doi:10.1155/2005/303095 fatcat:o5pswoadzjaadg52dbwngp5eiy