Multifunctional "self-sensing" materials at the frontiers of current research are generally designed to gather only a single type of information (such as quasi-static strain data). This project introduces a new sensor that is both multifunctional and dual-response, indicating its ability to not only perform in mechanical and sensing functions but also in its ability to sense multiple types of response. The proposed new class of sensing materials, comprised of nanocomposite polymer foams, exhibits measurable piezoresistive and quasi-piezoelectric phenomena in the form of change in resistance and voltage generation in response to deformation, respectively. An initial sampling of the envelope of dual-response nanocomposite foam sensors is mapped. The sensing materials can also be tailored to provide desired mechanical compliance and damping. Nanocomposite foam sensors decrease in resistance with increased strain in both static and cyclic compression environments. The quasi-piezoelectric voltage response of nanocomposite foam sensors increases linearly with compression frequency. A circuit and signal demodulation system was developed enabling simultaneous capture of a dual-response foam sensor's change in resistance and voltage generation. Measuring the two responses provides both long-term and immediate performance and health status of mechanical systems, enabling improved monitoring and decreased risk of failure.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Newton, Cory Nelson, "Design and Frequency Characterization of Dual-Piezoresponsive Foam Sensors" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 9264.
nanocomposite, piezoelectric, piezoresistive, multifunctional