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PZT/PVDF flexible composites for actuator and sensor applications
Author(s): Witold Kowbel; Xiaoxin Xia; James C. Withers; Malcolm J. Crocker; Ben K. Wada
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Paper Abstract

Currently, smart structures utilize both polymeric sensor and PZT-based actuators. The benefit of self-sensing calls for the development of integrated actuator/sensor composites. This paper addresses the development and properties of this new class of smart materials. Controlled porosity (amount, size, shape and distribution) were fabricated using sintering, blending and spin- on-disc. New flexible, thin polymer based composites were obtained. The optimization between d31 and g31 was performed to provide both actuator and sensing capabilities. It was found, that processing conditions including poling can be adjusted to provide the contribution from both PZT and VDF.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3324, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Materials Technologies, (20 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316853
Show Author Affiliations
Witold Kowbel, Materials & Electrochemical Research Corp. (United States)
Xiaoxin Xia, Materials & Electrochemical Research Corp. (United States)
James C. Withers, Materials & Electrochemical Research Corp. (United States)
Malcolm J. Crocker, Auburn Univ. (United States)
Ben K. Wada, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3324:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Materials Technologies
Manfred R. Wuttig, Editor(s)

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