Smart structure technologies promise to revolutionize the field of structural engineering by providing empirical evidence of structural performance and opportunities to control structural behavior during seismic disturbances.
The laboratory is currently producing low-cost wireless sensors designed to monitor the behavior of structures during ambient or forced vibrations. Embedded in sensors are analysis methods for rapid evaluation of structural performance and health. In addition to these efforts, laboratory researchers are designing microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors for structural monitoring. All MEMS sensors are fabricated within the University of Michigan Solid State Electronics Laboratory (SSEL) housed on the College of Engineering campus.