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Electromechanical behavior of aligned carbon nanotube arrays for bio-inspired fluid flow sensors
Author(s): Gregory J. Ehlert; Matthew R. Maschmann; Jeffery W. Baur
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Paper Abstract

Hierarchical carbon fibers show potential as a bio-inspired fluid flow sensor. The sensor is inspired from bat wings, which have thousands of micro-scale hairs that are deflected due to the flow and are believed to feedback flow information through force sensitive cells. Radially aligned carbon nanotube arrays on carbon fiber could function as the transducer in a similar device by decreasing resistance with the application of compressive strain. The bio-inspired flow sensor is first modeled to determine the compliance of the fiber and strains applied to the carbon nanotube arrays. Vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays are then prepared on planar conductive substrates through transfer from insulating Si wafers; which simplifies the analysis of the mechanical properties of the material. The electromechanical material properties are measured by a modified dynamic mechanical analyzer. Results are presented along with recommendations for the next phase of electromechanical property evaluation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7977, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2011, 79771C (27 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880455
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Gregory J. Ehlert, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Matthew R. Maschmann, Universal Technology Corp. (United States)
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffery W. Baur, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7977:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2011
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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