Accession Number : ADA188852

Title :   Piezoelectric Polymer Tactile Sensor Arrays for Robotics.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Pirolo, David G

PDF Url : ADA188852

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 236

Abstract : This study resulted in the design and fabrication of 16 piezoelectric polymer tactile sensor arrays (PPTSAs) for robotics. Six of these PPTSAs were evaluated for piezoelectric activity. Two of the six were thermal poled and evaluated again for piezoelectric activity. Each PPTSA contained a 5 x 5 array of identical, (3 mm x 3 mm) discrete sensors. Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) was the piezoelectric polymer used in this study. The PVDF was in two film thicknesses (25 and 40 microns) and in two forms (unmetallized and vendor metallized). The PVDF film had inherent chemical and temperature limitations. Two electrode-structure fabrication processes were developed to accommodate these limitations.

Descriptors :   *DETECTORS, *PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIALS, *ROBOTICS, ARRAYS, CHEMICALS, FILMS, FLUORIDES, LIMITATIONS, PIEZOELECTRICITY, POLYMERS, POLYVINYLIDENES, TEMPERATURE, THICKNESS, THESES

Subject Categories : Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
      Cybernetics
      Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE