Current Developments And Applications Of Smart Materials


Engineering Material (ENGM 310) Final Project

You may pick smart materials such as piezoelectric (PZE) or piezoressistive materials (PZR), transducers, shape memory alloys (SMA),  energy storage materials, ferroelectrics, self-healing materials, multiferroics,piezomagnetics, electro and magnetostrictive materials, any multifunctiona materials, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, electro and magnetocaloric materials, electrochromics, and electroactive polymers Your assignment:

  1. Research the current development and application of the material you selected
  2. Study/research the microstructural properties of the material
  3. Study/research the method of processing of the material, the process control variables, and their effect on the performance of the material
  4. Discuss some of the properties of the material and identify the properties that makes the material unique
  5. You may bring the smart material of your choice to class to demonstrate its application
    1. Example: You may show a PZE material generating a current when subjected to mechanical load or vice versa
    2. You may research to quantify the amount of current produced in PZE materials with a certain magnitude of deformation or load
    3. You may demonstrate a SMA memorizes its shape after subjected to a stimuli
    4. You may show the generation of electric city in ferroelectric material
    5. You may create use Arduino, create your half-bridge circuit on a breadboard, attach your smart material as one resistor and show if the voltage drop in the material changes as you deform the material
    6. And using any other material to demonstrate their use and function
  6. You may research and develop your own smart material and discuss and write a report how you came up with the idea

Criteria Used to Grade Paper (6-7 pages length, 1.5 spaced, 12 point font)

  • Logical development of topic
  • Reliable data from credible source
  • Use of guidelines

Use the Following Bibliography Format:

Number the referenced quotes, ideas, figures or data in your report text using numbered format [#].  Then at the end of the document, list your references in numerical order [#] using the following format:

Basic Book Format:

[#] Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication.

Book up to 3 authors:

  • Nabokov, Vladimir, and John Smith. Lolita. New York: Putnam, 1955.

Book by more than 3 authors:

  • Gilman, Sander, et al. Hysteria beyond Freud. Berkeley: U of California P, 1993.

Journal article (if more than 3 authors, you may use et al. after the 1st author):

[#] Author’s Last name, First name. “Article Title.” Publication Title Volume Number (Year): Page Range.

  • Laing, Jennifer, and Warwick Frost. “How Green Was My Festival: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities Associated With Staging Green Events.” International Journal of Hospitality Management 29 (2010): 261-


Web page:

  • Cornell University Library. “Introduction to Research.” Cornell University Library. Cornell University, 2009. Web. 19 June 2009 <>.

Personal Web site:

If a work is untitled, you may use a genre label such as Home page, Introduction, etc.

  • Rule, Greg. Home page. Web. 16 Nov. 2008. <web address>.

Entry in an online encyclopedia:

  • “Einstein, Albert.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 1999. Web. 27 Apr. 2009.

*** for other types of references, see the online MLA guidelines:

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