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A theoretical study on the piezoresistive response of carbon nanotubes embedded in polymer nanocomposites in an elastic region

Herein, we report a theoretical study of polymeric nanocomposites to provide physical insight into complex material systems in elastic regions. A self-consistent scheme is adopted to predict piezoresistive characteristics, and the effects of the interface and of tunneling on the effective piezoresistive and electrical properties of the nanocomposites are simulated. The overall piezoresistive sensitivity is predicted to be reduced when the lower interfacial resistivity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and the higher effective stiffness of nanocomposites are considered.

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Electrical properties and piezoresistive evaluation of polyurethane-based composites with carbon nano-materials

The present study assesses the applicability of carbon materials-embedded polyurethane (PU) composites characterized by high piezoresistive capability, as a traffic loading sensor. PU composites incorporating multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), expanded graphite (EG), and a hybrid of MWNTs and graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs) were fabricated and their electrical conductivities were measured in an effort to determine the most suitable filler type for the piezoresistive sensor and its optimum content ratio.

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A facile method for transparent carbon nanosheets heater based on polyimide

In this work, a novel film heater in nanometer-scale thickness based on catalyst-free and transfer-free carbon nanosheets (CNSs) with properties similar to graphene is fabricated. Here, poly(amic acid) (PAA), which is composed of several aromatic hydrocarbon rings, is used as the carbon precursor of CNS films. Altering the polymer concentration easily controls the morphological, optical, and electrical properties of the CNS films obtained by carbonization of PAA thin films.

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A zinc oxide/polyurethane-based generator composite as a self-powered sensor for traffic flow monitoring

A zinc oxide (ZnO)/polyurethane (PU)-based generator composite was fabricated and its piezoelectric performances were examined in the present work. In addition, the influence of multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and copper powder incorporation on the piezoelectric performance of composites was also studied. The performance level of the composites with various ratios of the constituents was compared in terms of piezoelectric responses obtained from three different tests, i.e., foot stamping, vehicle loading, and cyclic wheel loading tests.

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An analytical model to predict curvature effects of the carbon nanotube on the overall behavior of nanocomposites

In this study, analytical expressions are introduced to provide a better understanding of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) curvature on the overall behavior of nanocomposites. The curviness of CNT is modeled as the wave geometries, and the transformed physical characteristics are applied to micromechanical framework.

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