Active shape and vibration control of large structures have long been desired for many practical applications. PVDF
being one of the most suitable materials for these applications due to its strong piezoelectric properties and availability in
thin sheets has been the focal point of most researchers in this area. Most of the research has been done to find an open
loop solution, which would be able to shape the structure as per the desired requirements in an ideal atmosphere.
Unmodeled dynamics and external disturbances prevent the open loop (no feedback) solution from achieving the desired
shape. This research develops a dynamic model of a laminated plate consisting of two layers of PVDF film joined with a
layer of epoxy. The orthotropic properties of PVDF have been modeled and the epoxy layer is considered to be isotropic.
A general control model is developed, which would work for most boundary conditions and developed for a simply
supported beam with patch actuators. The methodology is then extended for a simply supported laminated plate. This
model could be used for real time dynamic disturbance rejection and shape and vibration control of the structure.