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

Structured identification of reduced-order models of power systems in a differential-algebraic form
Nabavi, S., & Chakrabortty, A. (2017), IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 32(1), 198-207.
Bio-inspired online variable recruitment control of fluidic artificial muscles
Jenkins, T. E., Chapman, E. M., & Bryant, M. (2016), Smart Materials & Structures, 25(12).
Improving actuation efficiency through variable recruitment hydraulic McKibben muscles: Modeling, orderly recruitment control, and experiments
Meller, M., Chipka, J., Volkov, A., Bryant, M., & Garcia, E. (2016), Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 11(6).
Aeroelastic modeling of a Piezo-Solar tensioned energy harvesting ribbon
Chatterjee, P., & Bryant, M. (2016), In Active and passive smart structures and integrated systems 2016. (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799).
Control approach development for variable recruitment artificial muscles
Jenkins, T. E., Chapman, E. M., & Bryant, M. (2016), In Active and passive smart structures and integrated systems 2016. (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799).
Toward efficient aeroelastic energy harvesting through limit cycle shaping
Kirschmeier, B., & Bryant, M. (2016), In Active and passive smart structures and integrated systems 2016. (Proceedings of SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, 9799).
Variable buoyancy system for unmanned multi-domain vehicles
MacLeod, M., & Bryant, M. (2016), In Active and passive smart structures and integrated systems 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., Macleod, M., & Bryant, M. (2016), (ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, 2015, vol 1, ).
Low-order modeling of the unsteady aerodynamics in flapping wings
Gomez, J. C., Bryant, M., & Garcia, E. (2015), Journal of Aircraft, 52(5), 1586-1595.
Structural modelling of a compliant flexure flow energy harvester
Chatterjee, P., & Bryant, M. (2015), Smart Materials & Structures, 24(9).

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Grants

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 - 7/31/18)
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 - 7/31/17)
MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMPLIANT STRUCTURES FOR HYBRID WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY HARVESTING ON MARS
NCSU NC Space Grant Consortium(4/01/14 - 2/01/15)