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Here’s how to make materials ‘feel pain’

CMST is an imec research group at Ghent University. Its researchers develop thin foils containing optical sensors that can be incorporated into composite materials to measure their strain (and based on that, to measure the mechanical tension or stress in the material). All of which helps make wind turbines, bicycles, Formula 1 cars, pressure vessels, etc. a good deal smarter – and safer into the bargain! Jeroen Missinne, CMST researcher and professor at UGent, tells us more.