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TitlePVC formulation study for the manufacturing of a skin smart structure based in optical fiber elements
Author(s)Silva, A. F.
Gonçalves, Filipe
Mendes, P. M.
Correia, J. H.
KeywordsPolyvinyl chloride
Integration techniques
Optical fibers
Issue date2012
JournalPolymers for Advanced Technologies
Abstract(s)The development of smart solutions based on optical fiber technology for any kind of structure such as buildings, aircrafts, or even for human body kinematics, is becoming more and more common. The ability to provide coverings for different structures that can enable monitoring functions beside the esthetic purpose of the covering is an important add-value characteristic. Nevertheless, an open issue is to find an effective solution for the fabrication and application procedure, preferably that scales at a production level. This article explores the insertion of optical fibers into polymeric PVC foils based on the spread-coating fabrication process. The success of this integration approach allows the use of photonic technology in different fields with minor application issues. The material choice for the substrate is a crucial step when choosing integrated solution. Three PVC paste formulations were explored in order to guarantee the optimal integration of optical fiber. A high-viscosity and not monolithic paste formulation emerged as the best choice. This formulation provided the best adhesion, reducing in great scale the surface undulation and paste displacement that the optical fiber tends to do and, its 362% stretch capability is sufficient for special applications, as strain sensitive one.
DescriptionArticle first published online: 1 Dec. 2010
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