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Studying insect motion with piezoelectric sensors
Author(s): Bartosz Mika; Hyungoo Lee; Jorge M. González; S. Bradleigh Vinson; Hong Liang
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Paper Abstract

Piezoelectric materials have been widely used in applications such as transducers, acoustic components, as well as motion, pressure and airborne sensors. Because of the material's biocompatibility and flexibility, we have been able to apply small piezoelectric sensors, made of PVDF, to cockroaches. We built a laboratory test system to study the piezoelectric properties of a bending sensor. The tested motion was compared with that of the sensor attached to a cockroach. Surface characterization and finite element analysis revealed the effects of microstructure on piezoelectric response. The sensor attachment enables us to monitor the insects' locomotion and study their behaviors. The applications of engineering materials to insects opens the door to innovating approaches to integrating biological, mechanical and electrical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6528, Nanosensors, Microsensors, and Biosensors and Systems 2007, 652817 (11 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715885
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Bartosz Mika, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Hyungoo Lee, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Jorge M. González, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
S. Bradleigh Vinson, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Hong Liang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6528:
Nanosensors, Microsensors, and Biosensors and Systems 2007
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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