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Self-Contained Intelligent Sensor-Actuator for Temperature Control

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A. M. Al-Jumaily, H. Kadhum

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Paper No. IMECE2002-33218, pp. 1067-1070; 4 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3629-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Some electrically conductive polymer composites show positive temperature coefficient behavior during one temperature range followed by negative temperature coefficient behavior during the next range. The change normally occurs at a well-defined switching temperature. This paper proposes to use this phenomenon to develop an intelligent sensor-actuator device suited for temperature control applications. Two conductive composites were prepared and their switching temperatures were determined experimentally. Then a heated tube was made, with one of these composites as the heating element, and tested for the sensing-actuation control action. The results are very promising for future development of a wide range of such devices.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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