Sandwiched carbon nanotube film as strain sensor
Two types of carbon nanotube nanocomposite strain sensors were prepared by mixing carbon nanotubes with epoxy (nanocomposite sensor) and sandwiching a carbon nanotube film between two epoxy layers (sandwich sensor). The conductivity, response and sensitivity to static and dynamic mechanical strains in these sensors were investigated. The nanocomposite sensor with 2-3 wt.% carbon nanotube demonstrated high sensitivity to mechanical strain and environmental temperature, with gauge factors of 5-8. On the other hand, a linear relationship between conductivity and dynamic mechanical strain was observed in the sandwich sensor. The sandwich sensor was also not sensitive to temperature although its strain sensitivity (gauge factor of about 3) was lower as compared with the nanocomposite sensor. Both sensors have excellent response to static and dynamic strains, thereby having great potential for strain sensing applications.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||A. Nano-structures, A. Polymer-matrix composites, A. Smart materials, B. Electrical properties|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.|
|Copyright Statement:||This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Composites Part B: Engineering>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Composites Part B: Engineering, [VOL 43, ISSUE 6, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.04.022|
|Deposited On:||03 Jul 2012 09:27|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2012 11:48|
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