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Structural Monitoring and Maintenance   Volume 4, Number 2, June 2017, pages 107-113
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/smm.2017.4.2.107
 
Strain sensing skin-like film using zinc oxide nanostructures grown on PDMS and reduced graphene oxide
Tejus Satish, Kaushik Balakrishnan, Hemtej Gullapalli, Satish Nagarajaiah, Robert Vajtai and Pulickel M. Ajayan

 
Abstract     [Full Text]
    In this paper, we present a strain-sensitive composite skin-like film made up of piezoresistive zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods embedded in a flexible poly(dimethylsiloxane) substrate, with added reduced graphene oxide (rGO) to facilitate connections between the nanorod clusters and increase strain sensitivity. Preparation of the composite is described in detail. Cyclic strain sensing tests are conducted. Experiments indicate that the resulting ZnO-PDMS/rGO composite film is strain-sensitive and thus capable of sensing cycling strain accurately. As such, it has the potential to be molded on to a structure (civil, mechanical, aerospace, or biological) in order to provide a strain sensing skin.
 
Key Words
    strain sensing; flexible; skin; poly(dimethylsiloxane); reduced graphene oxide; zinc oxide
 
Address
Tejus Satish: Department of Biochemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA 77005
Kaushik Balakrishnan, Hemtej Gullapalli,
Satish Nagarajaiah, Robert Vajtai and Pulickel M. Ajayan: Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA 77005
 

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