Efforts to enhance the electromechanical properties of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and its copolymers have been directed at optimizing the molecular chemistry, stretching and poling parameters. This study investigates an alternative approach to enhancing the properties via adding nanoinclusions in PVDF. We investigate the enhanced electrostrictive response in PVDF by adding Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs). We also show the change in the non-polar morphology of “as-is” PVDF to the polar γ phase by adding SWNTs and eventually to the piezoelectric β phase by stretching the nanocomposites.
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Enhanced Electromechanical Properties in Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) (PVDF)-Based Nanocomposites
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Deshmukh, S, & Ounaies, Z. "Enhanced Electromechanical Properties in Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) (PVDF)-Based Nanocomposites." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems. Volume 2: Multifunctional Materials; Enabling Technologies and Integrated System Design; Structural Health Monitoring/NDE; Bio-Inspired Smart Materials and Structures. Oxnard, California, USA. September 21–23, 2009. pp. 71-75. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SMASIS2009-1337
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