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27 March 2019 Soft-matter pressure sensors for turbulence detection
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We present the design, fabrication, and testing of stretchable pressure sensing membranes. Two sensing techniques are demonstrated: resistive and capacitive. Both designs are incorporated in 400μm-thick films and are fabricated with thin film application of silicone and stencil/mask deposition of conductive materials. The resistive sensor utilizes room temperature liquid metal while the capacitive sensor utilizes multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Tests are performed with 18mm-diameter samples of each. Point load tests and acoustic response in an impedance tube provide feedback on sensor performance. The resistive sensor demonstrates a sensitivity of 0.045Ω/mm, and the sensor’s response has been characterized for in the 30Hz to 10kHz range with varying degrees of sensitivity. The capacitive sensor has a small point-load-deflection sensitivity ranging from 0.018pF/mm to 0.044pF/mm depending on capacitor diameter. Acoustic response are shown for 5Hz to 40 Hz, limited by external electronics. These devices are progress towards developing sensor networks capable of tracking aqueous turbulence.
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James Wissman, Kaushik Sampath, Alec Ikei, Kadri Buğra Özütemiz, Carmel Majidi, and Charles A. Rohde "Soft-matter pressure sensors for turbulence detection", Proc. SPIE 10970, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2019, 109702D (27 March 2019);

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