This study examines the piezoresistive behavior of polymer-conducting filler composites. Piezoresistive composites of Poly(dimethyl-siloxane)-Multiwall Carbon Nanotube (PDMS-MWNT) were prepared using a direct mixing approach. The dispersion and the electrical conductivity of the composites were characterized at various MWNT compositions. The piezoresistive behavior under compression was measured using an Instron Universal Tester/Digital Sourcemeter combination. Negative piezoresistive behavior was observed signifying a reducing mean inter-particulate distance in the composites. Moreover, the sensitivities increased at two compositional values of 3 and 5 wt% MWNT in PDMS, which was associated with the state of MWNT dispersion observed. Tensile piezoresistive behavior of the PDMS-MWNT adhered on a fabric substrate was also characterized. Positive piezoresistive values, indicating increasing inter-particulate distance, were observed. Significant challenges in the implementation of PDMS-MWNT as sensory materials in electronic-textile applications were observed as a result of this study and have been discussed.
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Piezoresistance Characterization of Poly(Dimethyl-Siloxane)-Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Composites
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Rizvi, R, Makaremi, S, Botelho, S, Biddiss, E, & Naguib, H. "Piezoresistance Characterization of Poly(Dimethyl-Siloxane)-Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Composites." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems. ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. September 28–October 1, 2010. pp. 137-144. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SMASIS2010-3777
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