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Developing a sensor, actuator, and nanoskin based on carbon nanotube arrays
Author(s): YeoHeung Yun; Vesselin N. Shanov; Swathi Balaji; Yi Tu; Sergey Yarmolenko; Sudhir Neralla; Jag Sankar; Shankar Mall; Jay Lee; Larry W. Burggraf; Guangming Li; Volodymyr P. Sabelkin; Mark J. Schulz
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes progress in development of a sensor-actuator-nanoskin material based on multi-wall carbon nanotube arrays. This material can have individual sensing, actuation, or reinforcement properties, or the material may have combined multi-functional properties. The sensing and actuation properties are based on the theoretical telescoping property of multi-wall carbon nanotubes. The sensing property has been demonstrated in the literature. The actuation property is modeled in this paper but not demonstrated. Work is described that later may verify the actuation. Nanoskin samples are also fabricated and tested for mechanical, hydrophobicity, and capillarity properties. Overall, synthesis of dense arrays of long multi-wall carbon nanotubes is opening the door for the development of novel sensors, actuators, and multifunctional smart materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6174, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems, 61743Z (11 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660119
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YeoHeung Yun, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Vesselin N. Shanov, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Swathi Balaji, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Yi Tu, First Nano, Inc. (United States)
Sergey Yarmolenko, North Carolina A&T State Univ. (United States)
Sudhir Neralla, North Carolina A&T State Univ. (United States)
Jag Sankar, North Carolina A&T State Univ. (United States)
Shankar Mall, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Jay Lee, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Larry W. Burggraf, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Guangming Li, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Volodymyr P. Sabelkin, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark J. Schulz, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6174:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Victor Giurgiutiu, Editor(s)

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