Journal or Book Title
Journal of Engineering Mechanics
Early detection of possible defects in civil infrastructure is vital to ensuring timely maintenance and extending structure life expectancy. The authors recently proposed a novel method for structural health monitoring based on soft capacitors. The sensor consisted of an off-the-shelf flexible capacitor that could be easily deployed over large surfaces, the main advantages being cost-effectiveness, easy installation, and allowing simple signal processing. In this paper, a capacitive sensor with tailored mechanical and electrical properties is presented, resulting in greatly improved robustness while retaining measurement sensitivity. The sensor is fabricated from a thermoplastic elastomer mixed with titanium dioxide and sandwiched between conductive composite electrodes. Experimental verifications conducted on wood and concrete specimens demonstrate the improved robustness, as well as the ability of the sensing method to diagnose and locate strain.
Research Focus Area
American Society of Civil Engineers
Laflamme, Simon; Kollosche, Matthais; Connor, Jerome J.; and Kofod, Guggi, "Robust Flexible Capacitive Surface Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring Applications" (2013). Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Publications. 17.