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Preparing and Mounting Polymer Nanofibers onto Microscale Test Platforms

Mechanical Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, USA
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Actuators 2018, 7(4), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/act7040071
Received: 7 September 2018 / Revised: 10 October 2018 / Accepted: 10 October 2018 / Published: 15 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Micromanipulation)
Because they can achieve a high degree of molecular chain alignment in comparison with their bulk counterparts, the mechanical and thermal properties of polymer nanofibers are of great interest. However, due to their nanometer-scale size, it is difficult to manipulate, grip, and test these fibers. Here, we demonstrate simple repeatable methods to transfer as-drawn fibers to micrometer-scale test platforms where their properties can be directly measured. Issues encountered and methods to minimize measurement artifacts are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer nanofiber; manipulation; precision mounting; UHMWPE polymer nanofiber; manipulation; precision mounting; UHMWPE
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Shrestha, R.; Shen, S.; P. de Boer, M. Preparing and Mounting Polymer Nanofibers onto Microscale Test Platforms. Actuators 2018, 7, 71.

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