Strain sensing behavior and its mechanisms of electrically conductive PPy-coated fabric

Junpu Wang, Pu Xue, Xiaoming Tao, Tongxi Yu

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This paper studies the strain sensing behavior and its mechanisms of polypyrrole (PPy)-coated Lycra/Nylon knitted fabric. Firstly, the sensing behavior of PPy-coated knitted fabric under cyclic tension is investigated. The results show the efficiency of developed conductive fabric in sensing strain of a structure under simple tension or cyclic tension. Then, the sensing mechanisms are thoroughly analyzed, based on the experimental observation on deformation characteristics of knitted fabric. The deformation process of knitted fabric is identified as four stages, i.e., yarn slippage, change of contacted fibers, bending of yarns, as well as elongation of yarns. It is found that the electrical resistance varies differently in the four stages, and the micro-cracks of the coating surface during fiber extension contributes most to the resistance variation of the fabric among the four deformation stages. Finally, the sensing behavior of the conductive fabric is qualitatively described as a function of tensile strain. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-570
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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