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Effect of Nano-Particle Filler Type on the Piezoresistance of Polyethylene Composites

[+] Author Affiliations
Reza Rizvi, Brendan Cochrane, Hani Naguib

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Elaine Biddiss

Holland Bloorview Research Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada

Paper No. SMASIS2011-5136, pp. 157-163; 7 pages
  • ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 1
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, September 18–21, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5471-6
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This study examines the piezoresistive behavior of polyethylene (PE) composites containing different types of nano-particle fillers. The fillers investigated are single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT), multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWNT) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNP), which were dispersed in PE through melt blending in concentrations ranging between 0.5–10 wt%. The lowest percolation threshold and highest electrical conductivity was found for SWNT composites, followed by MWNT and GNP. The piezoresistance of the nano-particle-PE composites was investigated and a negative piezoresistance behavior was observed signifying a reducing mean inter-particulate distance in the composites. The highest sensitivity was exhibited by MWNT and SWNT composites at compositions closer to the percolation threshold. The time dependence of piezoresistivity was also investigated through stress relaxation and cyclic loading experiments.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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