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Nanomaterial-Based Piezoelectric Actuators and Sensors

  • Nader Jalili
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Abstract

Due to the unique structure of nanomaterials, improved material properties can be achieved in addition to the added multifunctionality of these materials. Such unique feature is a key factor in the design and development of sensors and actuators comprised of functional nanomaterials. Along this line of reasoning, this chapter presents an overview of advances in nanomaterial-based actuators and sensors utilizing either piezoelectric materials or possessing piezoelectric properties. More specifically, piezoelectric properties of nanotubes are disclosed and detailed, with a natural extension to nanotube-based piezoelectric sensors and actuators. As a byproduct of this arrangement, structural damping becomes possible using nanotube-based composites. As a future pathway toward the development of next-generation sensors and actuators comprised of nanomaterials, piezoelectric nanocomposites with tunable properties, as well as electronic textiles consisting of functional nanomaterials, are also briefly introduced and discussed.

Keywords

Piezoelectric Property Composite Beam Nonwoven Fabric Beam Length Interatomic Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering373 Snell Engineering Center Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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