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Cnt Enabled Co-braided Smart Fabrics

Title: Cnt Enabled Co-braided Smart Fabrics: A New Route For Non-invasive, Highly Sensitive & Large-area Monitoring Of Composites.
Name(s): Luo, Sida, author
Wang, Yong, author
Wang, Guantao, author
Wang, Kan, author
Wang, Zhibin, author
Zhang, Chuck, author
Wang, Ben, author
Luo, Yun, author
Li, Liuhe, author
Liu, Tao, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-03-08
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The next-generation of hierarchical composites needs to have built-in functionality to continually monitor and diagnose their own health states. This paper includes a novel strategy for in-situ monitoring the processing stages of composites by co-braiding CNT-enabled fiber sensors into the reinforcing fiber fabrics. This would present a tremendous improvement over the present methods that excessively focus on detecting mechanical deformations and cracks. The CNT enabled smart fabrics, fabricated by a cost-effective and scalable method, are highly sensitive to monitor and quantify various events of composite processing including resin infusion, onset of crosslinking, gel time, degree and rate of curing. By varying curing temperature and resin formulation, the clear trends derived from the systematic study confirm the reliability and accuracy of the method, which is further verified by rheological and DSC tests. More importantly, upon wisely configuring the smart fabrics with a scalable sensor network, localized processing information of composites can be achieved in real time. In addition, the smart fabrics that are readily and non-invasively integrated into composites can provide life-long structural health monitoring of the composites, including detection of deformations and cracks.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_wos_000395769000001 (IID), 10.1038/srep44056 (DOI)
Keywords: flow, mechanisms, thin-films, carbon nanotubes, piezoresistive sensors, dispersions, fiber sensor, network, polymeric composites, strain sensor
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Scientific Reports.
Issue: vol. 7

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Luo, S., Wang, Y., Wang, G., Wang, K., Wang, Z., Zhang, C., … Liu, T. (2017). Cnt Enabled Co-braided Smart Fabrics: A New Route For Non-invasive, Highly Sensitive & Large-area Monitoring Of Composites. Scientific Reports. Retrieved from