The goal of TiiMs is to integrate basic research across the family of disciplines, leading to proof-of-concept experiments that will enable reconfigurable wings and adaptive space structures that embody concepts for advanced autonomous intelligent systems. Through a sequence of experiments of increasing sophistication, the nano materials, sensing, actuation, and structures technology will be developed and demonstrated for a new generation of air and space vehicles. In particular, the three research areas of TiiMs are:

  • Active materials (shape memory alloys, magnetic shape memory alloys, shape memory polymers)
  • Nano-materials (nano-reinforced composite materials)
  • Multifunctional composites