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Electrospinning of continuous piezoelectric yarns for composite application
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Paper Abstract

The focus of this research is to electrospin continuous yarns of piezoelectric nanofibers. Incorporating piezoelectric polymer fibers in traditional composites can add sensing and actuation capabilities, which creates a wide array of potential applications. To process nanofibers with piezoelectric properties, we are pursuing the electrospinning of poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) in DMAc. A method of electrospinning on water is used to form the continuous fibers, which are then tested using DSC, XRD, and microscopy. Through this technique, we see evidence that the non-polar α-phase of PVDF is converted to the polar β-phase, which is responsible for its piezoelectric behavior.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6929, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional and Composite Materials 2008, 69292N (2 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790447
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Natasha C. Lagoudas, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Zoubeida Ounaies, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6929:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional and Composite Materials 2008
Marcelo J. Dapino; Zoubeida Ounaies, Editor(s)

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