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Developments In Paint Based Piezoelectric Thick-film Strain Sensors

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Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SM000001

Volume

46

Pages

8

Published

2000

Size

670 kb

Author(s)

J.M. Hale

Abstract

Developments in paint based piezoelectric thick-film strain sensors J.M. Hale Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Abstract This paper describes developments in the manufacture of thick-film dynamic strain sensors based on piezoelectric paint for structural vibration monitoring. A new generation of paints have been developed as the vehicle for depositing piezoelectric composites as thick films. These are water based to be compatible with likely future environmental legislation and are suitable for use with conventional spraying equipment. Results of tests on strain amplitude response and frequency response are presented, showing that sensors made using these materials have a wide bandwidth and good dynamic range making them suitable for use in structural dynamics applications. Introduction Piezoelectric materials are extremely useful for strain measurement, but it is often difficult to attach the piezoelectric material to the surfa

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