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Monitoring liquid and solid polymers through electroactive response
Author(s): Ho Young Lee; Yiyan Peng; Yuri M. Shkel
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Paper Abstract

A variation of dielectric response with deformation, called dielectrostriction, provides a new approach for in-line monitoring properties and structure of materials. The dielectrostriction effect resembles a well-known birefringence phenomenon which has been widely used for NDE of transparent materials. While birefringence is described by the stress-optic rule, the stress-dielectric rule applies to dielectrostriction. However, dielectrostriction measurements can be applied to both transparent and opaque dielectric materials, require a much simpler measurement technique, are capable of measuring local stresses/strains and can be implemented for material processing and health monitoring of structures. Planar capacitor sensor setup is implemented to detect the dielectrostriction effect in both liquid and solid polymers. Dielectrostriction effect and the stress-dielectric relationship are studied for solid polycarbonate subjected to uniaxial tensile load. Similar results are obtained for liquid polymers in oscillatory shear flow.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5765, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems, (17 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604610
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Ho Young Lee, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Yiyan Peng, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Yuri M. Shkel, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5765:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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