The Smart Structures and Dynamical Systems Laboratory (SSDSL) is located in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and led by Dr. Alper Erturk, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
The theoretical and experimental research program of SSDSL aims to address ever-changing high-impact engineering problems at the intersection of smart structures and dynamical systems. Such interdisciplinary research problems pertaining to dynamics of smart structures are inherently of multiphysics nature. Examples range from electroelastic structures (i.e. structures with electroactive materials) undergoing vibrations coupled with fluid/acoustic domain to waveguides involving metamaterials or phononic crystals coupled through smart material interfaces with linear/nonlinear electrical circuits for various applications such as energy harvesting and vibration attenuation.
Current sponsored research topics at SSDSL include nonlinear energy harvesting (e.g. exploiting designed nonlinearities, understanding inherent mechanical and electrical nonlinearities, etc.), bio-inspired aquatic locomotion using flexible piezoelectric composites, locally resonant passive and active metamaterials for low-frequency vibration damping, elastoacoustic wave guiding and harvesting via phononic crystals involving smart materials, and exploiting size effects in electro-elastodynamics of solid dielectrics at the nano-scale, among other topics. We encourage you to visit our research and publications pages for more information.