3D printing as the state-of-the-art emerging technology offers a platform for the new industrial horizons. The manufacturing process for creating 3D physical objects done via successive layer-by-layer deposition of materials such as metal, plastic, ceramics, or even living cells. The 3D printing concept was first proposed in the 1980s using stereolithography to make polymer objects. 3D technology could transform manufacturing, global product consumption and supply chains. The cover photo of July 2019 issue describes the structure of a 3D printed objects and to celebrate the 39th anniversary of its innovation.
Innovative Graphene-PDMS sensors for aerospace applications
Filomena Piscitelli1,*, Gennaro Rollo2, Fabio Scherillo3, Marino Lavorgna2
1CIRA - Italian Aerospace Research Centre, via Maiorise, Capua, 81043, Italy
2Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Portici, 80055, Italy
3Department of Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II, 8012, Naples, Italy
Adv. Mater. Lett., 2019, 10 (8), pp 533-538
Publication Date (Web): Feb 15, 2019
Copyright © 2019 VBRI Press
For aerospace morphing and deployable applications, the use of PDMS-based sensors is crucial because they are characterized by easy application on large surfaces, light design, very large deformations, and durability in harsh environmental conditions. In this contest, the goal of the present work is to manufacture innovative, highly deformable, piezoresistive sensors, manufactured by using a simplified and scalable method for the applications on large-area, such as the airplane wings. To this end, an ad-hoc polymeric matrix was designed by crosslinking Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) oligomers OH terminated with siloxane domains, obtained from hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). In particular, the solution of siloxanes domains precursors contributes to lower the viscosity without any solvents and to create, after curing, a fine crosslinked system which could withstand high deformation. Nanocomposites with graphene (6 - 15 wt%) were prepared by dispersing the filler into the polymeric precursor by adopting both magnetic stirring and sonication. Regardless the dispersion method and the filler concentration, few-layers of graphene coexists with large aggregations, and the electrical conductivity and the Gauge Factor increase as the graphene content increases. It was found that the graphene filler tends to hinder the evaporation of solvents developed during the crosslinking reactions, generating porosity and enhancing conductivity. A better filler dispersion obtained through sonication reduces the conductivity. All nanocomposites show a good linear relationship between the strain and the relative electrical resistance change, since the non-linearity remains below the 5%, and quite no-drift can be observed in a wide operative range. © VBRI Press.
Graphene, PDMS, piezoresistive sensors, stretchable electronics.