Two-dimensional strain distribution sensor using carbon nanotubes

Yusuke Suzuki, Yusuke Ohashi, Masato Ohnishi, Ken Suzuki, Hideo Miura

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A new highly sensitive strain measurement method has been developed by applying the change of the electronic conductivity of CNTs, which is caused by the distortion of the electronic band structure. A two-dimensional strain distribution sensor was developed by using thin-film processing. Finely area-arrayed multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were grown on a silicon wafer by applying a chemical vapor deposition method, and the area-arrayed MWCNTs were interconnected by the lift-off process of titanium thin film. The height of the grown MWCNT was about 250 μm, and size of the bundle of the grown CNT was 40 ìm square, and the pitch of the bundle was 1000 μm. Uni-axial pressure was applied to the sensor, and it was found that the gauge factor of the developed sensor was about 100. Thus, this sensor is usefull for detecting the two-dimensional distribution of compressive strain in micro-scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-693
Number of pages5
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
Issue number789
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Carbon Nanotube
  • Electronic Conductivity
  • Nondestractive Evaluation
  • Reliability
  • Strain Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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