Communication of smart materials: bridging the gap between material innovation and product design

Akın, Tuğçe
This thesis is intended to help eliminate misconceptions and missing information over the realm of smart materials, by offering a newly structured ‘Information Hierarchy for Smart Materials Communication for Industrial / Product Design’. Industrial and product designers are invited to use the findings of the thesis to assist in developing a common smart materials language and culture, enriched by details, technicalities, opportunities, and creative and innovative material attributes. The study commences with the creation of a concise and compact reservoir of technical knowledge on smart materials and critically contrasts two established systems of classification for smart materials. Then, the subject of materials information appropriate to industrial design is discussed, highlighting channels through which smart materials information may be communicated at an optimum level so as to be amenable to exploitation by industrial designers. A sectoral analysis of smart materials use follows, including the presentation of factors that may hinder their more extensive exploitation in major industrial sectors. v The thesis concludes that smart materials have potential to initiate a breakthrough in the materials universe, and that industrial designers have a role in promoting smart materials knowledge, the capabilities of smart materials, and their innovation possibilities. It is recomended that since smart materials are a new generation of materials quite different from the conventional, they be promoted carefully through the proposed Information Hierarchy.


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Citation Formats
T. Akın, “Communication of smart materials: bridging the gap between material innovation and product design ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.