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Recent Applications and Potentialities

  • Paolo BeccarelliEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Abstract

This chapter presents two recent examples of biaxial tests for advanced applications such as strain controlled tests and flexible solar cells. The example of a strain-controlled biaxial test aims to investigate the potential offered by new testing equipment and the controlling software in order to reproduce strain histories assigned to the central zone of the cruciform specimen. The example of a biaxial procedure applied to laminated lightweight, thin-film, organic solar cells and ETFE foils offers a groundbreaking example of the future applications for biaxial tests due to the increase of lightweight and flexible building products.

Keywords

Strain-controlled Compensation factor Coated fabric Biaxial Konarka power plastic Flexible Organic Thin film PV-cells 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Architecture and Built EnvironmentUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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