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Daniel J. Inman

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Johnson Collegiate Professor

University of Michigan
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor , Michigan 48109
United States

Company Description: University of Michigan has over $1.3 billion in annual research expenditures and more than 100 faculty involved in government- and industry-sponsored manufacturing...   more

Employment History

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  • Ph.D.
    Michigan State University
  • Ph.D. , Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Virginia Tech
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22 | January | 2014 | CitiDoc, 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.
Power MEMS 2013, 11 Oct 2013 [cached]
Speakers | Eric Yeatman | Douglas Paul | Luc Fréchette | Huib Visser | Sven Kerzenmacher | Robert Hahn | Xuyuan Chen | Josh Smith | Yuji Suzuki | Daniel Inman | Paul Muralt | Mohammed Daqaq | David Arnold | Gabriel Rincón-Mora | Paul Weaver
Daniel J. Inman received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 and spent 14 years at the University of Buffalo, followed by 19 years at Virginia Tech. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Since 1980, he has published eight books (on vibration, control, statics, dynamics and energy harvesting), 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), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is currently Technical Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1999- ). He was awarded the ASME Adaptive Structures Award in April 2000, the ASME/AIAA SDM Best Paper Award in April 2001, the SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Life Time Achievement Award in March of 2003, the ASME/Boeing Best Paper Award by the ASME Aerospace Structures and Materials Technical Committee 2007, the ASME Den Hartog Award in 2007 and the Life Time Achievement award in Structural Health Monitoring in 2009. He has served as a Member-at-Large on the Society of Experimental Mechanics Executive Board (2008-2010) and a former Chair of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division.
The International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, 24 Dec 2014 [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.
The International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
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