Henry Sodano

Henry Sodano

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Biography

Dr. Sodano researches the utilization/development of smart structures and materials. A smart material can be characterized as one that exhibits useful coupling between multiple physical domains. This coupling can be used in the construction of systems for actuation, sensing, vibration control, power harvesting, or damage detection. Currently he is an active researcher in power harvesting, which uses the coupling present in smart materials to
transduce ambient energy sources into usable electrical energy. He also investigates the development of non-contact vibration control mechanisms. These systems use magnetic fields to transform the motion or vibration of the structure into electrical current that is then dissipated due to the internal resistance of the structure. Because they are non-contact, control energy can be applied without contacting the structure, therefore avoiding the adverse affects of mass loading or added stiffness. Lastly, he is studying methods of identifying structural damage using wireless sensor nodes and the development of structural materials that incorporate biological concepts into their design to allow self-healing or active control of material properties.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Smart Structures
  • Vibration Control
  • Power Harvesting
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Deployable Satellites

Research Interests

  • Utilization/development of smart structures and materials
  • Non-contact vibration control mechanisms
  • Identifying structural damage using wireless sensor nodes
  • Development of structural materials that incorporate biological concepts into their design to allow self-healing or active control of material properties

Recent Publications

  • Simmers, G.E., Sodano, H.A., Park, G., and Inman, D.J., 2006, “Detection of Corrosion using Piezoelectric Impedance Based Structural Health Monitoring,” AIAA Journal, In Press.
  • Sodano, H.A., 2006, “Development of an Automated Eddy Current Structural Health Monitoring Technique with Extended Sensing Region,” International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring, In Press.
  • Sodano, H.A., Simmers, G.E., Dereux, R., and Inman, D.J., 2006, “Recharging Batteries using Energy Harvested from Thermal Gradients,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, In Press.
  • Sodano, H.A., 2006, “Non-Contact Eddy Current Excitation Method for Vibration Testing,” Experimental Mechanics, Vol. 46, No. 5.
  • Sodano, H.A., Lloyd, J. and Inman, D.J., 2006, “An Experimental Comparison between Several Active Composite Actuators for Power Generation,” Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 15, pp. 1211-1216. Read More
  • Sodano, H.A., Inman, D.J., and Belvin, W.K., 2006, “Development of a New Passive-Active Magnetic Damper for Vibration Suppression,” ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 128, pp. 318-327.
  • Sodano, H.A., Bae, J.S., Inman, D.J. and Belvin, W.K., 2006, “Improved Concept and Model of Eddy Current Damper,” ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 128, pp. 295-302. Read More