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Smart tagged composite using piezoelectric particles
Author(s): Scott R. White
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Paper Abstract

A new class of materials called smart tagged composites has great potential for use in structural health monitoring. This paper introduces concepts and interrogation schemes for piezoelectric tagged composite materials. Experiments were undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of piezoelectric tagging by incorporating PZT-5A particles into a polyester matrix. Several types of diametral compression specimens were fabricated and tested to failure while monitoring the induced charge across electrodes placed on the front and back faces of the specimens. The effect of volume fraction of piezo particles and glass reinforcement was investigated along with connectivity of the piezo phase. Small amounts of graphite were added to some specimens to aid in the poling process, however this proved to be of little benefit. The greatest sensitivity and highest induced fields were obtained for a pseudo 1 - 3 piezocomposite system with 6% volume fraction loading of the piezo phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2442, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (5 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208853
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Scott R. White, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2442:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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