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Shear and normal strain sensing with electroactive polymer composites
Author(s): Torrey R. Filanc-Bowen; Geun Hyung Kim; Yuri M. Shkel
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Paper Abstract

Deformation induced variations in dielectric properties of an elastic material is called electrostriction. This effect can be detected using capacitance measurements and employed for sensing shear and normal strains. Almost any solid dielectric can be used as a sensing medium, but electroactive polymeric composites present a unique advantage. A composite’s structure can be locally micro-tailored and optimized for a given sensing application by exposing liquid polymeric suspensions to an electric field and curing the obtained structure. A single plane sensor configuration for shear and normal loads is analyzed. Such a design has no moving electrodes, can be implemented using surface micro-machining and supplied with on-chip electronics. Advantages of electroactive polymeric sensors include: intrinsic sensitivity to shear strain, robustness and flexibility, high tolerance to overloads, a large selection of candidate material for specific applications, simplicity in the manufacture, and operation and potential for miniaturization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5050, Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Smart Sensor Technology and Measurement Systems, (22 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484263
Show Author Affiliations
Torrey R. Filanc-Bowen, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (United States)
Geun Hyung Kim, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (United States)
Yuri M. Shkel, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5050:
Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Smart Sensor Technology and Measurement Systems
Daniele Inaudi; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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