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Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites

Yang Yang (UGent) , Gabriele Chiesura (UGent) , Bart Plovie (UGent) , Thomas Vervust (UGent) , Geert Luyckx (UGent) , Joris Degrieck (UGent) , Tsuyoshi Sekitani and Jan Vanfleteren (UGent)
(2018) ACS SENSORS. 3(9). p.1698-1705
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Sensory polymer composites are highly desirable for applications such as in situ and real-time production processes and structural health monitoring, and for technologies that include human-machine interfaces for the next generation of Internet of Things. However, the development of these materials is still in its infancy: these materials have been reported, but the large-scale fabrication of polymer composites with versatile and customizable sensing capabilities has yet to be demonstrated. Here, we report on a scalable fabrication strategy that enables such materials by designing and integrating PCB technology-inspired large-area flexible sensor matrices into polymer composites. The integrated sensor matrices successfully monitored in situ the production processes and structural health of an industrial polymer composite: from the application of vacuum, resin flow and polymerization, production defects, and temperature distribution. Our results demonstrate that the proposed strategy is a simple and effective solution as a distributed monitoring platform for polymer composites and shows the potential toward next generation of sensory polymer composites.
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FABRICATION, CIRCUITS, CURE, SPECTROSCOPY, SYSTEM, flexible electronics, PCB technology, sensors, process monitoring, structural health monitoring

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Yang, Yang et al. “Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites.” ACS SENSORS 3.9 (2018): 1698–1705. Print.
APA
Yang, Yang, Chiesura, G., Plovie, B., Vervust, T., Luyckx, G., Degrieck, J., Sekitani, T., et al. (2018). Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites. ACS SENSORS, 3(9), 1698–1705.
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Yang, Yang, Gabriele Chiesura, Bart Plovie, Thomas Vervust, Geert Luyckx, Joris Degrieck, Tsuyoshi Sekitani, and Jan Vanfleteren. 2018. “Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites.” Acs Sensors 3 (9): 1698–1705.
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Yang, Yang, Gabriele Chiesura, Bart Plovie, Thomas Vervust, Geert Luyckx, Joris Degrieck, Tsuyoshi Sekitani, and Jan Vanfleteren. 2018. “Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites.” Acs Sensors 3 (9): 1698–1705.
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Yang Y, Chiesura G, Plovie B, Vervust T, Luyckx G, Degrieck J, et al. Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites. ACS SENSORS. Washington: Amer Chemical Soc; 2018;3(9):1698–705.
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Y. Yang et al., “Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites,” ACS SENSORS, vol. 3, no. 9, pp. 1698–1705, 2018.
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  abstract     = {Sensory polymer composites are highly desirable for applications such as in situ and real-time production processes and structural health monitoring, and for technologies that include human-machine interfaces for the next generation of Internet of Things. However, the development of these materials is still in its infancy: these materials have been reported, but the large-scale fabrication of polymer composites with versatile and customizable sensing capabilities has yet to be demonstrated. Here, we report on a scalable fabrication strategy that enables such materials by designing and integrating PCB technology-inspired large-area flexible sensor matrices into polymer composites. The integrated sensor matrices successfully monitored in situ the production processes and structural health of an industrial polymer composite: from the application of vacuum, resin flow and polymerization, production defects, and temperature distribution. Our results demonstrate that the proposed strategy is a simple and effective solution as a distributed monitoring platform for polymer composites and shows the potential toward next generation of sensory polymer composites.},
  author       = {Yang, Yang and Chiesura, Gabriele and Plovie, Bart and Vervust, Thomas and Luyckx, Geert and Degrieck, Joris and Sekitani, Tsuyoshi and Vanfleteren, Jan},
  issn         = {2379-3694},
  journal      = {ACS SENSORS},
  keywords     = {FABRICATION,CIRCUITS,CURE,SPECTROSCOPY,SYSTEM,flexible electronics,PCB technology,sensors,process monitoring,structural health monitoring},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {1698--1705},
  publisher    = {Amer Chemical Soc},
  title        = {Design and Integration of Flexible Sensor Matrix for in Situ Monitoring of Polymer Composites},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssensors.8b00425},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2018},
}

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