Welcome to the Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures

Welcome to the Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures

CMAS Lab participation in SciTech 2015


The AIAA SciTech Forum was held from 5 to 9 January 2015 in Kissimmee, FL, USA.

The Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures Laboratory participated in the 23rd AIAA/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, part of the SciTech Forum, with two contributions: one on the distributed compliance morphing wing of CMAS Ph.D. student Giulio Molinari presented by Prof. Ermanni and one on multi-functional corrugated skins of CMAS Ph.D. Francesco Previtali.

Author: I. Kuder | Date: 22.01.2015 | Details: »»

Maiden flight of morphing airplane


CMAS Ph.D. student Giulio Molinari brought 2014 to conclusion with the successful maiden flight of the "CHIRP Smart Airfoil" Morphing Wing airplane on December, 23rd, at a model airplane field close to Regensdorf, Zurich.

The model airplane features distributed compliance morphing wings, actively deformed by piezoelectric (PZT) actuators. This flight test has demonstrated the feasibility of active morphing of compliant structures for replacing primary control surfaces and encourages our group to continue working in this field.

For the video of the flight, click here. The model plane features auxiliary fail-safe ailerons which are inactive when the “auxilary ailerons” indicator is shown as "OFF".

Author: Edgar Flores Parra | Date: 15.01.2015 | Details: »»

The first full-carbon wheel for disc brakes made in Switzerland


ETH student Timothy Habermacher has successfully produced the first prototype of a full-carbon disc brake wheelset for racing bicycles. Advanced materials and manufacturing techniques have been exploited in the realization of the product, initiated during the focus project cieo in 2013 and now ready for the bike market.

Author: Mario Danzi | Date: 14.01.2015 | Details: »»

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