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Characterization of a Nano-Composite Sensor in Multiple Environmental Domains

[+] Author Affiliations
Swathi Chimalapati

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Laine Mears

Clemson University, Greenville, SC

Andrew C. Clark

Sensor Tech, Inc., Greenville, SC

Paper No. MSEC_ICMP2008-72503, pp. 37-43; 7 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 3rd JSME/ASME International Conference on Materials and Processing
  • ASME 2008 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Volume 2
  • Evanston, Illinois, USA, October 7–10, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4852-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3836-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A sensor composed of a composite material formed of a polymer and nano-carbon conductive filler is characterized for measurement of pressure through the relationship to contact resistance. The sensor has the physical attributes of polymer, but is electrically conductive and can therefore be used on a conductive substrate to gauge pressure and subsequently load. Benefits over traditional force sensing include reduced cost, full control of geometry, reduced form factor, resistance to impact and to corrosion. A test circuit was developed to study the behavior of the sensor at different loads and surface conditions, and behavior over time. Prospective applications on manufacturing and automotive fields are proposed.

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