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Prof. Daniel J. Inman

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Chairman of the Department of Aer...

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University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
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  • Ph.D.
    Michigan State University
  • Ph.D. , Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Virginia Tech
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For his part, Daniel ..., 22 Jan 2014 [cached]
For his part, Daniel Inman, chairman of the department of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, said his own work in the field has given him a firm belief that body-generated energy will eventually be a reality with broad practical applications.
"The technology is certainly viable," Inman said. "Yes, there are risks. For instance, with the pacemaker example, we clearly have to know for certain ... the device won't fatigue and fail any faster than a battery-powered device."
"And biocompatibility has to be a top priority," he said, "because we all know the body can reject things, and we have to work to address any such concerns."
"Having said that, there's no question that there's certainly a need and demand," Inman said.
ISGMA2013, 1 June 2013 [cached]
Daniel J. Inman
Daniel J. Inman, Ph.D., Michigan State University (1980, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; 1975, MAT in Physics; 1970, B.S. (Grand Valley State College) in Physics) is Kelly Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Formerly he was the Director of the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures and the G.R. Goodson Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and is the Brunel Chair in Intelligent Materials and Structures at the University of Bristol, UK. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering. A former Department Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, he has held adjunct positions in the Division of Applied Math at Brown University and in math at the University of Southern California. Since 1980, he has published 8 books (on vibration, control, statics, and dynamics), eight software manuals, 20 book chapters, 300 journal papers and 555 proceedings papers, given 56 keynote or plenary lectures, graduated 57 Ph.D. students and supervised more than 75 MS degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). He was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1984-1989). He is currently Technical Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1999-2004), Technical Editor of the Shock and Vibration Digest (1998-2001), and Technical Editor of the journal Shock and Vibration (1999-2004). He has served as Technical Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1990-1999), and as Associate Editor of the following: ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1986-89), ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics (1988-94), Mechanics of Machines and Structures (1986-98), International Journal of Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis (1986-1990) and Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1992-1999) and Smart Materials and Structures (1991-2001). He has given numerous short courses in the smart structures and controls area for ASME and SPIE, including an ASME Satellite Broadcast short course on the fundamentals of smart structures. Since 1980, he has directed or been Co-Principal Investigator on a variety of external research projects through Virginia Tech, SUNY-Buffalo, Brown University and the University of Southern California. These projects have dealt with all aspects of vibration and control; theory, measurement and testing, as well as data acquisition and smart structures. These projects have been funded by a variety of industries and government agencies. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Engineering Science and the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Army Research Office and is currently on the Division Review Committee and the Weapons Engineering and Manufacturing Review Committee for Los Alamos National Laboratories. He holds a patent in smart structures on self-sensing actuation and has three pending patents. He is a founding member of the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Technical Committee. He won the ASME Adaptive Structures Award (2000), the ASME/AIAA SDM Best Paper Award (2001), SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Life Time Achievement Award (2003), the 2007 ASME/Boeing Best Paper by the ASME Aerospace Division's Structures and Materials Committee, the ASME Den Hartog Award for lifetime achievement in teaching and research in vibration (2007) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Structural Health Monitoring community (2009).
The International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, 27 June 2013 [cached]
Daniel J. Inman [United States] 1999-2003
The system proposed by PAC and ..., 11 Mar 2009 [cached]
The system proposed by PAC and Virginia Tech, along with two additional research partners, the University of South Carolina and the University of Miami, will include an innovative research method for "harvesting" or securing its own power from motions and vibrations in the bridge using piezoelectric materials, thus making it "energy independent," said Dan Inman, the director of CIMSS and the George Goodson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.
Piezoelectric materials are able to generate an electric potential when a mechanical stress in the form of vibration caused by traffic is applied.
According to Inman, the proposed instrument package will use acoustic emission (AE) sensing.
This aspect greatly reduces both installation and maintenance costs for the monitoring system, Inman added.
This NIST award is among the first under the agency's new Technology Innovation Program, created to support innovative, high risk, high reward research in areas of critical national need.
NIST considers the high-risk elements of the proposal to include the development of the energy harvesting system, the sensors themselves, and the data interpretation, damage assessment and health prognosis software.
Inman said that as "the inventory of bridges continues to age, routine inspection practices will not be sufficient for bridge owners to make informed decisions for safety and maintenance prioritization."
Continuous monitoring of the integrity of the bridge's structure is now needed. "The only feasible method is to allow engineers to observe various areas of concern such as a retrofit or a previous repair from a remote location. The monitoring can also be used as a preventative measure against terrorism or vandalism," Inman added.
Inman, who along with his students created a process allowing the use of smart materials to suppress and harvest vibrations, as well as the inventor of the self-sensing actuation principle for piezoceramic-based devices, explained this work will result in the use of a remote/online, self-powered global monitoring package, allowing for an early warning system. They plan to call it the Bridge Prognostic System (BPS), and it will be integrated into existing bridge management software to provide sound data for decision-making.
Multiple types of sensors will provide the information. "The primary advantage of the active sensing approach is that large areas can be scanned efficiently and cracks can be imaged remotely even though they are not actively growing," Inman said.
"It is clear from recent bridge collapses and the often reactive nature of bridge maintenance, that the major societal challenge of providing a safe and low-cost infrastructure system is not currently being met," Inman added.
Preface (D. J. Inman, V. Steffen, ... [cached]
Preface (D. J. Inman, V. Steffen, Jr., V. Lopes, Jr. and C. R. Farrar).
Chapter 13 Impedance Based Structural Health Monitoring, (G. Park and D. J. Inman). Chapter 14 Statistical Pattern Recognition Paradigm Applied to Defect Detection in Composite Plates, (H. Sohn). Part 3 Hardware.
Chapter 16 Design of Active Structural Health Monitoring System for Aircraft and Spacecraft Structures, (F.-K. Chang, J.-B.
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