- Applications and needs for structural electronics
- Enabling materials and components needed for structural electronics
- Case studies, trends, key suppliers and market outlook
Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important technological developments of this century. It forms a key part of the dream, formulated decades ago, of computing disappearing into the fabric of society. Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon them. It is of huge interest to the aerospace industry which is usually the first adopter, the automotive industry and in civil engineering both with compelling needs but its reach is much broader even than this. Electric cars badly need longer range and more space for the money and, in civil engineering, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and tighter requirements for all structures, including early warning of problems, are among the market drivers for structural electronics.
This introductory masterclass to the topic reviews the applications for structural electronics, now and emerging, assessing what is happening and what is still needed. Progress by key technology type is given including key suppliers and the technology roadmaps. This will cover topics such as smart skin, 3D printed electronics, flexible and printed electronics systems, energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors forming structures), molded electronics, building integrated photovoltaics and textile based electronics. Global trends and the market outlook is provided based on new IDTechEx research on the topic matter.