Characterization of a Nano-Composite Sensor in Multiple Environmental Domains
A sensor composed of a composite material formed of a polymer and nano-carbon conductive filler is characterized for measurement of pressure through the relationship to contact resistance. The sensor has the physical attributes of polymer, but is electrically conductive and can therefore be used on a conductive substrate to gauge pressure and subsequently load. Benefits over traditional force sensing include reduced cost, full control of geometry, reduced form factor, resistance to impact and to corrosion. A test circuit was developed to study the behavior of the sensor at different loads and surface conditions, and behavior over time. Prospective applications on manufacturing and automotive fields are proposed.
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