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Bio-Inspired Sensor Skins for Structural Health Monitoring

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Uday Tata, Haiying Huang, Shanchali Deb, J. C. Chiao, Ronald Carter

University of Texas - Arlington, Arlington, TX

Paper No. SMASIS2008-564, pp. 629-635; 7 pages
  • ASME 2008 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 2
  • Ellicott City, Maryland, USA, October 28–30, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4332-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3839-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


This paper presents the simulation and experimental work that proved the feasibility of using a patch antenna for strain measurement. A patch antenna, usually serves as a data-transmitting device, can also function as a transducer that directly encodes the experienced strain into its resonant frequency. Printed on a flexible substrate, the antenna sensor is small in size, has a low profile, and can be conformal to any attached surface. Future work on interrogating the antenna sensor using a wireless noncontact method is also discussed. Without needing electric wiring for power supply and data transmitting, the antenna sensor has a great potential for the realization of engineered sensor skins that imitate the sensor of pain for structural health monitoring purpose.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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