- Conference date: 30–31 July 2013
- Location: Zlin, Czech Republic
A strain sensing polymer composite consisting of a network of entangled multi-walled carbon nanotubes in a thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer is tested by tensile and bending deformation. The composite is prepared by taking a non-woven polyurethane filter membrane, enmeshing it with carbon nanotubes and melding them together. The testing has shown that the material can be elongated as much as 400% during which the electrical resistance is increased more than 270 times. To describe the composite strain dependent resistance, a rheological model is proposed which takes into account a decrease of local contact forces between nanotubes as well as the reduction of number of contacts with deformation. The theory is used for description of sensing element deformation and resistance when simple elongation and repeated bending is exerted.
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