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Bart-Smith

Professor Bart-Smith's research group is studying the mechanics of lightweight lattice truss structures for their use as load-bearing structures and impact amelioration systems as well as their possible morphing and thermal management capabilities. Secondly, Bart-Smith and her colleagues are using the principles of static determinacy and tensegrity--with their superior mechanical properties such as stiffness and strength--to develop a three-dimensional morphing foil with the propulsive and control capabilities of a manta ray. Finally, she is studying the mechanics of electro-active polymers to explore their possible use as artificial muscles within a device with biomimetric properties (those that mimic a biochemical process).

First Name: 
Hilary
Position: 
Associate Professor
Email: 
hb8h@virginia.edu
Computing ID: 
hb8h
Phone: 
(434) 924-0701
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Degrees: 

Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University Cambridge, MA in 2000,S.M. in Engineering Sciences at University of Glasgow Glasgow, UK in 1996,

Classification: 
Related Researchers
Topical Area: 
Biomedicine
Energy & the Environment
Research Interests: 

Lightweight metallic structures (lattice truss structures, nanoporous films, hierarchical structures)
Statically determinate and tensegrity morphing structures
Polymer electro-mechanical systems (PEM)

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