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Non-linear actuation response of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based nanocomposites
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Paper Abstract

Recent research on overcoming inherent limitations on the electromechanical properties of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and copolymers has been directed towards adding nanoinclusions to take advantage of their scale and properties. This research shows that adding single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) creates a quadratic electromechanical response in PVDF. Enhanced effective dielectric constant and formation of polar microstructure suggests an electrostrictive response. Contributions from Joule heating will be assessed next, as they may be significant at higher SWNT content.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7644, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2010, 76441D (30 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.848902
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Sujay Deshmukh, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Zoubeida Ounaies, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7644:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2010
Zoubeida Ounaies; Jiangyu Li, Editor(s)

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