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Conductive polymer sensor arrays for smart orthopaedic implants
Author(s): Carolina Micolini; F. Benjamin Holness; James A. Johnson; Aaron D. Price
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Paper Abstract

This study proposes and demonstrates the design, implementation, and characterization of a 3D-printed smartpolymer sensor array using conductive polyaniline (PANI) structures embedded in a polymeric substrate. The piezoresistive characteristics of PANI were studied to evaluate the efficacy of the manufacturing of an embedded pressure sensor. PANI’s stability throughout loading and unloading cycles together with the response to incremental loading cycles was investigated. It is demonstrated that this specially developed multi-material additive manufacturing process for polyaniline is a good candidate for the manufacture of implant components with smart-polymer sensors embedded for the analysis of joint loads in orthopaedic implants.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10167, Nanosensors, Biosensors, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems 2017, 101670D (17 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2260404
Show Author Affiliations
Carolina Micolini, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
F. Benjamin Holness, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
James A. Johnson, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Aaron D. Price, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10167:
Nanosensors, Biosensors, Info-Tech Sensors and 3D Systems 2017
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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