Matthew Bryant

Assistant Professor

Director of iSSRL: Intelligent Structures and Systems Research Lab
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Dr. Bryant is interested in a multidisciplinary approach that combines smart materials, dynamical systems, and fluid-structure interaction phenomena to create novel systems for energy harvesting, sensing, and actuation.

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Bryant enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, kayaking, and nature photography.

Education

Ph.D. 2012

Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University

M.S. 2011

Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University

B.S. 2007

Mechanical Engineering

Bucknell University

Research Description

Dr. Bryant's research seeks novel solutions and new devices that contribute to the advancement of emerging technologies in areas including ambient energy harvesting, fluid-structure interaction, and robot actuation and mobility. His work emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach and encompasses both experimental and theoretical investigations. Of particular interest are applications that incorporate smart or adaptive materials and structures, as well as be bio-inspired designs. He is currently working on (1) energy harvesting from piezoelectric structures that driven by fluid-induced vibration or flutter instabilities, (2) aerodynamics of flapping and oscillating wings, (3) development of self-powered sensing/actuation systems, and (4) bio-inspired artificial muscles for robotics and prostheses. At the graduate level, Dr. Bryant plans to teach a course in smart materials systems. This course will introduce students to modeling, analysis, design, and applications of smart materials systems with applications to piezoelectrics, shape memory alloys, and electroactive polymers.

Publications

Aeroelastic-photovoltaic ribbons for integrated wind and solar energy harvesting
Chatterjee, P. and Bryant, M. (2018), Smart Materials & Structures, 27(8), .
Bioinspired passive variable recruitment of fluidic artificial muscles
Chapman, Edward M. and Bryant, Matthew (2018), JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, 29(15), 3067-3081.
Design and analysis of electrohydraulic pressure systems for variable recruitment in fluidic artificial muscles
Chapman, Edward M. and Jenkins, Tyler and Bryant, Matthew (2018), SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 27(10), .
Design and demonstration of a seabird-inspired fixed-wing hybrid UAV-UUV system
Stewart, William and Weisler, Warren and MacLeod, Marc and Powers, Thomas and Defreitas, Aaron and Gritter, Richard and Anderson, Mark and Peters, Kara and Gopalarathnam, Ashok and Bryant, Matthew (2018), BIOINSPIRATION & BIOMIMETICS, 13(5), .
Model-based feedforward and cascade control of hydraulic McKibben muscles
Meller, M. and Kogan, B. and Bryant, M. and Garcia, E. (2018), Sensors and Actuators. A, Physical, 275(), 88-98.
Control design for high-fidelity cyber-physical systems with applications to experimental fluid-structure interaction studies
Waghela, R. and Bryant, M. (2017), Structures and Intelligent Systems, (), .
Dynamic modeling, analysis, and testing of a variable buoyancy system for unmanned multidomain vehicles
MacLeod, M. and Bryant, M. (2017), IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 42(3), 511-521.
Structured identification of reduced-order models of power systems in a differential-algebraic form
Nabavi, S. and Chakrabortty, A. (2017), IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 32(1), 198-207.
Aeroelastic modeling of a Piezo-Solar tensioned energy harvesting ribbon
Chatterjee, P. and Bryant, M. (2016), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799(), .
Bio-inspired online variable recruitment control of fluidic artificial muscles
Jenkins, T. E. and Chapman, E. M. and Bryant, M. (2016), Smart Materials & Structures, 25(12), .
Control approach development for variable recruitment artificial muscles
Jenkins, T. E. and Chapman, E. M. and Bryant, M. (2016), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799(), .
Electrohydraulic modeling of a fluidic artificial muscle actuation system for robot locomotion
Chapman, E. and Macleod, M. and Bryant, M. (2016), ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, 2015, vol 1, (), .
Improving actuation efficiency through variable recruitment hydraulic McKibben muscles: Modeling, orderly recruitment control, and experiments
Meller, M. and Chipka, J. and Volkov, A. and Bryant, M. and Garcia, E. (2016), Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 11(6), .
Parametric study of a fluidic artificial muscle actuated electrohydraulic system
Chapman, E. and Jenkins, T. and Bryant, M. (2016), Structures and Intelligent Systems, (), .
Toward efficient aeroelastic energy harvesting through limit cycle shaping
Kirschmeier, B. and Bryant, M. (2016), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799(), .
Variable buoyancy system for unmanned multi-domain vehicles
MacLeod, M. and Bryant, M. (2016), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799(), .
Low-order modeling of the unsteady aerodynamics in flapping wings
Gomez, J. C. and Bryant, M. and Garcia, E. (2015), Journal of Aircraft, 52(5), 1586-1595.
Modeling of the energy savings of variable recruitment McKibben muscle bundles
Meller, M. A. and Chipka, J. B. and Bryant, M. J. and Garcia, E. (2015), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9429(), .
Soap film flow visualization investigation of oscillating wing energy harvesters
Kirschmeier, B. and Bryant, M. (2015), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9429(), .
Structural modelling of a compliant flexure flow energy harvester
Chatterjee, P. and Bryant, M. (2015), Smart Materials & Structures, 24(9), .
Transfer Matrix Modeling of a Tensioned Piezo-Solar Hybrid Energy Harvesting Ribbon
Chatterjee, P. and Bryant, M. (2015), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9431(), .
Climbing robot actuated by meso-hydraulic artificial muscles
Bryant, M. and Fitzgerald, J. and Miller, S. and Saltzman, J. and Kim, S. and Lin, Y. and Garcia, E. (2014), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9057(), .
Design of a compliant flexure joint for use in a flow energy harvester
Chatterjee, P. and Bryant, M. (2014), Proceedings of the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, 2014, vol 2, (), .
Energy harvesting for self-powered aerostructure actuation
Bryant, M. and Pizzonia, M. and Mehallow, M. and Garcia, E. (2014), Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9057(), .
Variable recruitment fluidic artificial muscles: Modeling and experiments
Bryant, M. and Meller, M. A. and Garcia, E. (2014), Smart Materials & Structures, 23(7), .
Reduced order aerodynamic modeling of flapping wing energy harvesting at low Reynolds number
Bryant, Matthew and Gomez, Juan Carlos and Garcia, Ephrahim (2013), AIAA Journal, (), .
Designing maximum power output into piezoelectric energy harvesters
Shafer, Michael and Bryant, Matthew and Garcia, Ephrahim (2012), Smart Materials & Structures, 21(), .
Wake synergies enhance performance in aeroelastic vibration energy harvesting
Bryant, Matthew and Mahtani, Ranjeev and Garcia, Ephrahim (2012), Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 23(), 1131-1141.
Aeroelastic flutter energy harvester design: The sensitivity of the driving instability to system parameters
Bryant, Matthew and Wolff, Erick and Garcia, Ephrahim (2011), Smart Materials & Structures, 20(), .
Modeling and testing of a novel aeroelastic flutter energy harvester
Bryant, Matthew and Garcia, Ephrahim (2011), Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 133(), .

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Grants

Autonomous Sensing Platforms for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
US Army - Army Research Office(4/01/18 - 2/28/19)
Design, Fabrication and Testing of Smart Material Carrier Basket Arrays (smCBAs) for Automated Analysis of 3D Cell Cultures
National Institutes of Health (NIH)(5/04/18 - 10/31/18)
Aerodynamic and Aeroelastic Behavior of Wings in the Presence of Upstream Vortical and Viscous Disturbances
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(7/01/17 - 6/30/19)
Aerodynamic Forces on Slender Body in Supersonic Cavity
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(7/09/16 - 9/30/19)
Vortex-Enhanced Flow Energy Extraction through Wake Interactions
NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund(7/01/15 - 6/30/16)
Control Approach Development for Variable Recruitment Artificial Muscles
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)(1/01/15 - 8/31/15)
WAKE MEDIATED COUPLING IN OSCILLATING HYDROFOIL TURBINE ARRAYS
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/01/15 - 7/31/19)
Angelfish: Initial Planning and Project Management
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)(6/19/14 - 1/31/16)
Shape-Shifting Robots for Safety and Versatility
NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund(7/01/14 - 12/31/14)
INTEGRATED STRUCTURES FOR MULTIMODE AMBIENT ENERGY HARVESTING
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/01/14 - 1/31/18)