SMART MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY–BASED PRODUCTS APPLICATIONS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

I. Kiss, V. Alexa, S. Ratiu

The developments of new and innovative materials are contributing significantly to the large scale such as automotive industry. Century by century uncountable inventions and developments were dedicated to synchronized technological advancement. Smart materials are highly efficient materials and their performance comes at high costs associated with the high level of R&D involved. Therefore, invention of these materials conceptualized to produce effective sensors and actuators according to the purpose. Some everyday items are already incorporating such smart materials, and the number of applications for them is growing steadily. Invention of functional and intelligent materials introduced new concept of intelligent infrastructure systems, autonomous systems, smart structures and robotics in the bygone years. Smart materials include the piezoelectric materials (PZT).

Keywords: automotive industry, innovative technologies, sensors, smart materials, Lead Zirconate Titanates (PZT)

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