Tiims: http://tiims.tamu.edu

TiiMS Purpose and focus

The next revolution in air travel and space exploration depends on our ability to dramatically reduce mass, size and power consumption of aerospace vehicles while increasing reliability. The key is integrating
intelligence and multifunctionality into the varied components of aerospace systems and vehicles.

The main focus of TiiMS is to develop and advance the nano and biotechnologies that enable our vision of adaptive, intelligent, shape-controllable micro and macro structures, for advanced aircraft and
space systems. Revolutionary materials, structures and subsystems are sought to embody sensing, adaptability, self-monitoring, fault-tolerance, self-healing and autonomy to provide the functionality
and intelligence for the needs of NASA aerospace missions.


While adaptive shape reconfigurability is the main TiiMS focus, future
structures and materials must also incorporate

Multifunctionality
Self-healing
Sensing
Health-monitoring
Fault tolerance and autonomy/intelligence
 

The technical scope for the institute focuses on basic research issues underlying the major theme of TiiMS     the marriage of biotechnology with nanotechnology to enable the development of intelligent
reconfigurable aerospace structures. The major technical challenge will be the merging of nano to macro scales, both at the modeling level as well as physical realization.

Four key research thrusts will be emphasized:

Fabrication of functionalized nonmaterial with high strength-to-weight ratios and self-healing capabilities.

Design of multifunctional systems at nano, micro, meso and macro levels with appropriate methods developed to bridge the various length scales.

Nanotechnologies for multifunctional proteins and biological and chemical sensors.

Modeling and control of hierarchical adaptive systems with distributed intelligence at different length scales.

These research areas will be integrated from concept to implementation to provide the backbone for technology demonstration experiments. Two key structural systems will be used to demonstrate novel technologies: a morphing wing with controlled structural and flow reconfiguration and a
multifunctional space structure.