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Research of temperature field measurement using a flexible temperature sensor array for robot sensing skin
Author(s): Ying Huang; Siyu Wu; Ruiqi Li; Qinghua Yang; Yugang Zhang; Caixia Liu
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a novel temperature sensor array by dispensing conductive composites on a flexible printed circuit board which is able to acquire the ambient temperature. The flexible temperature sensor array was fabricated by using carbon fiber-filled silicon rubber based composites on a flexible polyimide circuit board, which can both ensure their high flexibility. It found that CF with 12 wt% could be served as the best conductive filler for higher temperature sensitivity and better stability comparing with some other proportion for dynamic range from 30℃ to 90℃. The preparation of the temperature sensitive material has also been described in detail. Connecting the flexible sensor array with a data acquisition card and a personal computer (PC), some heat sources with different shapes were loaded on the sensor array; the detected results were shown in the interface by LabVIEW software. The measured temperature contours are in good agreement with the shapes and amplitudes of different heat sources. Furthermore, in consideration of the heat dissipation in the air, the relationship between the resistance and the distance of heat sources with sensor array was also detected to verify the accuracy of the sensor array, which is also a preparation for our future work. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness and accuracy of the developed flexible sensor array, and it can be used as humanoid artificial skin for sensation system of robots.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8916, Sixth International Symposium on Precision Mechanical Measurements, 891626 (10 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2035833
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Ying Huang, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Siyu Wu, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Ruiqi Li, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Qinghua Yang, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Yugang Zhang, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)
Caixia Liu, Hefei Univ. of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8916:
Sixth International Symposium on Precision Mechanical Measurements
Shenghua Ye; Yetai Fei, Editor(s)

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