Soft Elastomeric Capacitor Network for Strain Sensing Over Large SurfacesIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
AbstractField applications of existing sensing solutions to structural health monitoring (SHM) of civil structures are limited. This is due to economical and/or technical challenges in deploying existing sensing solutions to monitor geometrically large systems. To realize the full potential of SHM solutions, it is imperative to develop scalable cost-effective sensing strategies. We present a novel sensor network specifically designed for strain sensing over large surfaces. The network consists of soft elastomeric capacitors (SECs) deployed in an array form. Each SEC acts as a surface strain gage transducing local strain into changes in capacitance. Results show that the sensor network can track strain history above levels of 25 με using an inexpensive off-the-shelf data acquisition system. Tests at large strains show that the sensor's sensitivity is almost linear over strain levels of 0-20%. We demonstrate that it is possible to reconstruct deflection shapes for a simply supported beam subjected to quasi-static loads, with accuracy comparable to resistive strain gages.
Citation InformationSimon Laflamme, Husaam S. Saleem, Bharath K. Vasan, Randall L. Geiger, et al.. "Soft Elastomeric Capacitor Network for Strain Sensing Over Large Surfaces" IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics Vol. 18 Iss. 6 (2013) p. 1647 - 1654
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