Polymeric systems with integrated functionalities

IMAST members involved:

  • Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A.
  • CIRA S.c.p.A. – Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali
  • CRF S.c.p.A - Centro Ricerche FIAT
  • STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
  • CNR – Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi (IMM) e Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali (IPCB)
  • Selex Electronic Systems
  • Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II - Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale dei Materiali (CRIB)
  • MBDA Italia S.r.l.
  • ENEA Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile  



The purpose of this project has been the development of new smart materials able to monitor and react to the environmental changes. These  materials, due to their ability to correlate electrical, physical, chemical and mechanical properties, are the key elements of integrated systems for applications in the automotive, aeronautical, aerospace, microelectronic/biomedical and telecommunications. The project structure has been composed of three thematic areas: structural/semi-structural healt monitoring, bio-health monitoring and electromagnetic sensing monitoring.
In the frame of structural and semi-structural health monitoring, polymeric composite systems were developed with shape memory and electrical properties for active and adaptive structure by using piezoelectric materials and inorganic fillers. Moreover algorithms for diagnosis and prognosis has been implemented in a structural health monitoring methodology. For the automotive sector functional composite systems have been realized with sensing and morphing properties. For the aeronautic sector a composite system for structural monitoring and an integrated system for inverse Finite Element Method (IFEM) analysis were developed.
In the frame of Bio-Health Monitoring micro and nano-biosensors able to monitor physiological parameters (glucose and extravascular blood pressure) were developed by using polymeric materials and low cost technologies (Printed Electronics).

In the frame of shielding and filtration of electromagnetic waves, functional composite systems and a military Radome with frequency selective surface (FSS) were realized by including appropriate filler into polymer matrix and by inserting a conductive layer into fiber-reinforced polymer.