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Development of Patterns for Nanoscale Strain Measurements: I. Fabrication of Imprinted Au Webs for Polymeric Materials
Nanotechnology
  • S. A. Collette
  • M. A. Sutton
  • P. Miney
  • A. P. Reynolds
  • Xiaodong Li, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • P. E. Colavita
  • W. A. Scrivens
  • Y. Luo
  • T. Sudarshan
  • P. Muzykov
  • M. L. Myrick
Publication Date
12-1-2004
Document Type
Article
Abstract

A method is presented for patterning polymers with nanoscale gold networks and using the pattern to measure strain in the polymer. A gold film is first coated on a porous alumina template. After coating, the template is impressed into a polymer, and the template is dissolved to leave a continuous metal network on or slightly below the surface of the polymer. The network has a random structure and is electrically conductive and has potential applicability to structural health monitoring. We show that it can be used as a means of measuring deformation through changes in electrical conductivity and continuity and also as a means to measure local material response during controlled loading.

Citation Information
S. A. Collette, M. A. Sutton, P. Miney, A. P. Reynolds, et al.. "Development of Patterns for Nanoscale Strain Measurements: I. Fabrication of Imprinted Au Webs for Polymeric Materials" Nanotechnology Vol. 15 Iss. 12 (2004) p. 1812 - 1817
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/xiaodong_li/156/