Special Issue "Structural Health Monitoring Using Carbon Nanotube Yarn-Based Sensors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2018)
Prof. Dr. Jandro L. Abot
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064, USA
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Interests: experimental stress mechanics; polymeric composite materials; carbon nanotube fibers; integrated and distributed structural health monitoring in composite materials; piezoresistive sensors
Carbon nanotube (CNT) threads are piezoresistive continuous structures composed of several thousand carbon nanotubes in their cross sections that can be twisted, densified and further tailored to serve as sensors for structural health monitoring. Due to their microscale dimensions, they are amenable to integration in materials, and especially in fiber reinforced composite materials. The proofs of concept to detect damage and measure distributed strain in laminated polymeric composite materials using integrated CNT yarns are already available. Additional concepts of standalone or integrated piezoresistive strain gauges and other sensing mechanisms to monitor temperature are also being explored for the CNT yarns. This Special Issue focuses on papers that include experimental, modeling or theoretical studies about the fabrication and characterization of CNT yarns and their use as sensors to monitor the health of structures or sensing in aerospace, mechanical, civil or biomedical applications. Of special interest are studies on the piezoresistive response of the CNT yarns and the effect of their structure, geometry and loading parameters on that response. The main sensing mechanisms of the CNT yarns are based on their piezoresistive response but piezoimpedance or other mechanisms that may be tapped for temperature sensing are also of interest. The papers of this Special Issue may contribute to realize integrated, distributed and real-time sensing using CNT yarns and lead to robust and simple health monitoring techniques and maintenance of structures or devices.
Prof. Dr. Jandro L. Abot
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- carbon nanotube yarns or fibers
- structural health monitoring
- damage detection
- strain measurement
- integrated sensors