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The Conformal Design of an Island-Bridge Structure on a Non-Developable Surface for Stretchable Electronics

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State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
Flexible Electronics Research Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Micromachines 2018, 9(8), 392;
Received: 25 June 2018 / Revised: 27 July 2018 / Accepted: 2 August 2018 / Published: 7 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flexible Electronics: Fabrication and Ubiquitous Integration)
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Conformal design of the island-bridge structure is the key to construct high-performance inorganic stretchable electronics that can be conformally transferred to non-developable surfaces. Former studies in conformal problems of epidermal electronics are mainly focused on soft surfaces that can adapt to the deformation of the electronics, which are not suitable for applications in hard, non-developable surfaces because of their loose surface constraints. In this paper, the conformal design problem for the island-bridge structure on a hard, non-developable surface was studied, including the critical size for island and stiffness and the demand for stretchability for the bridge. Firstly, the conformal model for an island on a part of torus surface was established to determine the relationship between the maximum size of the island and the curvatures of the surface. By combining the principle of energy minimization and the limit of material failure, a critical non-dimensional width for conformability was given for the island as a function of its thickness and interfacial adhesion energy, and the ratio of two principal curvatures of the surface. Then, the dependency of the tensile stiffness of the bridge on its geometric parameters was studied by finite element analysis (FEA) to guide the deterministic assembly of the islands on the surface. Finally, the location-dependent demands for the stretchability of the bridges were given by geometric mapping. This work will provide a design rule for stretchable electronics that fully conforms to the non-developable surface. View Full-Text
Keywords: island-bridge; conformal design; non-developable surface; stretchable electronics island-bridge; conformal design; non-developable surface; stretchable electronics

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Xiao, L.; Zhu, C.; Xiong, W.; Huang, Y.; Yin, Z. The Conformal Design of an Island-Bridge Structure on a Non-Developable Surface for Stretchable Electronics. Micromachines 2018, 9, 392.

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