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Development of multifunctional fiber reinforced polymer composites through ZnO nanowire arrays
Author(s): Mohammad H. Malakooti; Brendan A. Patterson; Hyun-Sik Hwang; Henry A. Sodano
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Paper Abstract

Piezoelectric nanowires, in particular zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires, have been vastly used in the fabrication of electromechanical devices to convert wasted mechanical energy into useful electrical energy. Over recent years, the growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowires on various structural fibers has led to the development of fiber-based nanostructured energy harvesting devices. However, the development of more realistic energy harvesters that are capable of continuous power generation requires a sufficient mechanical strength to withstand typical structural loading conditions. Yet, a durable, multifunctional material system has not been developed thoroughly enough to generate electrical power without deteriorating the mechanical performance. Here, a hybrid composite energy harvester is fabricated in a hierarchical design that provides both efficient power generating capabilities while enhancing the structural properties of the fiber reinforced polymer composite. Through a simple and low-cost process, a modified aramid fabric with vertically aligned ZnO nanowires grown on the fiber surface is embedded between woven carbon fabrics, which serve as the structural reinforcement as well as the top and the bottom electrodes of the nanowire arrays. The performance of the developed multifunctional composite is characterized through direct vibration excitation and tensile strength examination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9800, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2016, 98000L (18 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222050
Show Author Affiliations
Mohammad H. Malakooti, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Brendan A. Patterson, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Hyun-Sik Hwang, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Henry A. Sodano, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9800:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2016
Nakhiah C. Goulbourne, Editor(s)

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