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Properties of Cement-Sand Based Piezoelectric Composites

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Ping Zhao, Sunjung Kim, Joel Braden, Conner Abens, Brian Hinderliter

University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

Paper No. SMASIS2014-7661, pp. V001T01A027; 4 pages
doi:10.1115/SMASIS2014-7661
From:
  • ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Modeling, Simulation and Control of Adaptive Systems; Structural Health Monitoring; Keynote Presentation
  • Newport, Rhode Island, USA, September 8–10, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4614-8
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME

abstract

A novel cement-sand based piezoelectric smart composite was developed for structural health monitoring (SHM) in civil infrastructures. Most researches have focused on cement-based piezoelectric composites that are unrealistic in their applications due to their incompatibility with reinforced concrete with cement and sand. In this study, sand was applied to fabricate the composite to address the important issue. Two sets of specimens containing 30 vol% and 50 vol% lead zirconate titanate (PZT) were manufactured and their piezoelectric coefficient and dielectric constant were determined. The results showed that the piezoelectric effect and dielectric constant were enhanced with increasing PZT content. In addition, the sensing effect was conducted under compressive tests. The invesitigation demonstrated the feasibility of the new composite in its application to the SHM system.

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