Kara Peters

Professor, Director of Graduate Programs, Associate Dept. Head

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Dr. Peters’ long-term goal is to contribute to the advancement of nondestructive evaluation and structural health monitoring techniques for composite aerospace structures. The advancements tend to increase safety and improve performance of structural systems. She served as the program director for the Mechanics of Materials and Structures program at the National Science Foundation from 2015-2018. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Smart Materials and Structures and the ASME Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems. She is also on the editorial board of the journal Measurement Science and Technology.

Dr. Peters teaches Mechanics of Composite Structures (MAE 537). Her presentation in this course has a fundamental flavor. In this course, Dr. Peters surveys composite structures in the aerospace industry, and gives students an understanding of the current state-of-the-art. Dr. Peters teaches Aerospace Structures I and II (MAE 371 and MAE 472). In these courses, she outlines the current state-of-the-art of aircraft structures and describes some of the advancements being anticipated in the near future.

Dr. Peters works closely with her students to help them develop strong experimental problem-solving skills. Her students bridge the gap between optics and mechanics and work in a hands-on, experimental environment. They fabricate the composite structures themselves, from learning how to embed sensors into composite materials to learning how to make different kinds of optical interfaces.

NSF Sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Composites for Extreme Environments

Education

Ph.D.

Aerospace Engineering

University of Michigan

M.A.

Applied Mathematics

University of Michigan

M.S.E.

Aerospace Engineering

University of Michigan

B.S.

Aerospace Engineering

University of Virginia

Research Description

Dr. Peters is interested in structural health monitoring, optical fiber sensors, and composite materials. Currently, she is designing and integrating optical sensors into composites (woven, laminates, sandwich structures, and joints) and is studying self-healing composite sandwich structures.

Publications

The effects of accelerated Freeze-Thaw conditioning on CFRP strengthened concrete with pre-existing bond defects
Mabry, N. J., Seracino, R., & Peters, K. J. (2018), Construction and Building Materials, 163, 286-295.
Experimental study on directionality of ultrasonic wave coupling using surface-bonded fiber Bragg grating sensors
Wee, J., Hackney, D., Bradford, P., & Peters, K. (2018), Journal of Lightwave Technology, 36(4), 932-938.
The effect of short range order on the thermal output and gage factor of Ni3FeCr strain gages
Kieffer, T. P., & Peters, K. J. (2018), Strain, 54(1).
Highly anisotropic magneto-transport and field orientation dependent oscillations in aligned carbon nanotube/epoxy composites
Wells, B., Kumar, R., Reynolds, C. L., Peters, K., & Bradford, P. D. (2017), Applied Physics Letters, 111(26).
High-speed interrogation of multiplexed fiber Bragg gratings with spectral distortion
Van Hoe, B., Oman, K. G., Van Steenberge, G., Stan, N., Schultz, S. M., & Peters, K. J. (2017), IEEE Sensors Journal, 17(21), 6941-6947.
Mechanisms of signal coupling to optical fiber for FBG sensor detection of Lamb waves
Wee, J., Hackney, D., Bradford, P., & Peters, K. (2017), In 2017 25th international conference on optical fiber sensors (ofs). (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 10323).
Mechanisms of signal coupling to optical fiber for FBG sensor detection of Lamb waves
Wee, J., Hackney, D., Bradford, P., & Peters, K. (2017), In 2017 25th international conference on optical fiber sensors (ofs). (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 10323).
High-speed interrogation of multiplexed fiber bragg gratings with spectral distortion
Van Hoe, B., Oman, K. G., Van Steenberge, G., Stan, N., Schultz, S. M., & Peters, K. J. (2017), IEEE Sensors Journal, 17(21), 6941-6947.
Composition and structure of porcine digital flexor tendon-bone insertion tissues
Chandrasekaran, S., Pankow, M., Peters, K., & Huang, H. Y. S. (2017), Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A, 105(11), 3050-3058.
A spectral profile multiplexed FBG sensor network with application to strain measurement in a Kevlar woven fabric
Guo, G. D., Hackney, D., Pankow, M., & Peters, K. (2017), In Sensors and smart structures technologies for civil, mechanical, and aerospace systems 2017. (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 10168).

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Grants

Investigation of Lamb Wave Interactions with Guided Modes in Optical Fibers
US Navy-Office Of Naval Research(7/01/18 - 6/30/21)
3D Micro Laser Doppler Vibrometer to Characterize Ultrasonic Waves in Naval Structures
US Navy-Office Of Naval Research(6/15/18 - 6/14/19)
Optimization of Structural Lamb Wave Coupling to Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors
US Navy-Office Of Naval Research(8/16/17 - 8/15/20)
Aerodynamic Forces on Slender Body in Supersonic Cavity
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(7/09/16 - 4/16/19)
IPA Assignment Agreement for Dr. Kara J. Peters
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/08/15 - 5/31/18)
Spectral Profile Multiplexing of FBG Sensors to Enable Low-Power Optical Sensor Networks
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/15 - 8/31/19)
High-density fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Networks for NDE of Composite Materials
American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc.(8/15/15 - 8/14/16)
High Repetition-Rate Shape Sensing Using Fiber Bragg Gratings (HISS)
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(9/09/15 - 9/08/18)
REU Site: Summer Internships in Composites for Extreme Performance
National Science Foundation (NSF)(2/01/15 - 1/31/19)
High Sensitivity Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors through Carbon Nanotube Coatings and Adhesives
US Navy-Office Of Naval Research(5/15/14 - 5/14/17)