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Embedded PVF2 sensors for smart composites
Author(s): Hugh B. Denham; Todd A. Anderson; Erdogan Madenci; Paul D. Calvert
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Paper Abstract

Piezoelectric polyvinylidenefluoride films have been embedded between layers of composite laminates and cured at temperatures up to 200 degree(s)C. The films retain much of their piezoelectric response upon cooling even though the cure temperature exceeds the melting point of the film. The response of these embedded sensors to impact loading is discussed. We have also used embedded sensors to monitor curing of reinforced low temperature curing epoxy films sandwiched between polycarbonate sheets and subjected to an intermittent external load perpendicular to the surface. The sensor response drops as cure continues since the stiffer resin transfers less load to the film.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3040, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Materials Technologies, (14 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.267107
Show Author Affiliations
Hugh B. Denham, Arizona Materials Labs. (United States)
Todd A. Anderson, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Erdogan Madenci, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Paul D. Calvert, Arizona Materials Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3040:
Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Materials Technologies
Wilbur C. Simmons; Ilhan A. Aksay; Dryver R. Huston, Editor(s)

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