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TitlePrinted Wheatstone bridge with embedded polymer based piezoresistive sensors for strain sensing applications
Author(s)Castro, H.F.
Correia, V.
Pereira, N.
Costa, P.
Oliveira, Juliana Alice Ferreira
Lanceros-Méndez, S.
KeywordsSignal acquisition
Wheatstone bridge
Printed electronics
Screen-printing
Issue date2018
PublisherElsevier Science BV
JournalAdditive Manufacturing
Abstract(s)Printed sensors find an increasing interest essentially due to their characteristics of flexibility and low cost per unit area. In this work a screen printed Wheatstone bridge is presented, suitable for strain sensing applications. A piezoresistive ink composite based on biocompatible thermoplastic elastomer styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene (SEBS) as matrix and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) as nanofillers was used as a piezoresistive sensing material. Different deposition techniques, such as, screen printing, spray painting and drop casting were evaluated in order to optimize the resistance variation related to the piezoresistive effect. Several Wheatstone bridges with one and two sensors were designed to obtain an output sensitivity as a function of the strain submitted to the sensors. Further, different sensor geometries were evaluated to maximize the strain output sensitivity. Electro-mechanical bending tests showed a good linearity and a sensitivity up to 18 mV/V in the all screen printed half Wheatstone bridge output with two MWCNT/SEBS sensors.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/57351
DOI10.1016/j.addma.2018.01.004
ISSN2214-8604
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessEmbargoed access (2 Years)
Appears in Collections:CDF - FCD - Artigos/Papers (with refereeing)

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