Electromechanical response of polycarbonate-CNT/PZT laminates subjected to cyclic bending

Fumio Narita, So Okura, Yasuhide Shindo, Tomo Takeda

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This paper deals with the electromechanical behaviour of polymer-carbon nanotube (CNT)/piezoelectric laminates under cyclic bending. The laminate was fabricated using thin polycarbonate-multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT) layers. The three-point bending tests were performed on the polycarbonate-MWNT/PZT laminates, and the output voltage due to cyclic mechanical loads was measured. The output power was then calculated, and the dependence of the output power on the nanotube content, material dimensions and loading conditions (e.g., frequency) was discussed in detail. It was found that there is an optimum value of the nanotube content for which the output power is maximised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-285
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Materials and Product Technology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Cyclic bending
  • Energy harvesting
  • Material testing
  • Piezoelectricity
  • Polymer-CNT/PZT laminates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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