This paper is directed at providing the smart structure technology community an introduction to aircraft gas turbine engines issues that might be addressed, i.e. smart/active propulsion systems. Specifically, in gas turbine engines, smart structures can (1) influence performance, stability, noise and high cycle fatigue by providing airfoil aerodynamic control, (2) alleviate or avoid high cycle fatigue due to flutter and forced response by introducing damping intra structures, and (3) provide health monitoring. However, the benefits-to-cost ratio of the added complexity of incorporating smart materials into gas turbine engines must be large as smart materials and actuator/control systems are not a simple solution to complex problems. The prime selling point of smart structure technology to current state-of-the-art gas turbine engines may be adaptability to age, mission, and the environment.

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