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Development of Polymer Based Piezoelectric Paint Sensor for Dynamic Strain Measurement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jack Hale, Dr Ivan CK TamORCiD


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Piezoelectric paint can be used to make dynamic strain gauges on any structure with little surface preparation, and used to measure shock and vibration. PZT particles are distributed in a matrix to form a piezoelectric composite. This can be deposited onto a surface and cured in-situ to form a thick-film sensor. The particular form of piezoelectric composite material described here uses a polymer matrix and is made in the form of a water based acrylic paint, in which the PZT powder takes the place of the pigment in a conventional paint. It has the properties that it can be sprayed using an industrial paint spray gun and cures at ambient temperature. This paper describes use and properties of the paint, the properties of the sensors made from it, and gives the results of some long term trials.

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Author(s): Hale JM, Tam ICK

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 22nd International Conference on Processing and Fabrication of Advanced Materials (PFAM XXII)

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 713-719

Publisher: Research Publishing and Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES)


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ISBN: 9789810787998