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Measurement of sensitivity distribution map of a ferroelectret polymer film

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8517-8522
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


ElectroMechanical Film (EMFi) is an electroactive ferroelectret polymer film with a special cellular structure. Sensitivity distribution maps of EMFi sensors were measured in this study. Seven EMFi sensors with evaporated gold electrodes, size 55 mm x 55 mm, were measured with a measurement grid spacing of 5 mm. The sensitivity is defined here as the charge generated by the EMFi sensor divided by the force applied to excite the sensor, and this is closely related to piezoelectric d33 coefficient. The sensitivity of EMFi was found to vary in different places of the sensors and between the measured sensors. This is presumably due to the relatively large gas voids and local corona breakdowns. The maximum and minimum sensitivities were found to vary around 30 % from the measured average sensitivity value. Thermally stimulated current (TSC) analysis confirmed the results obtained in the sensitivity distribution map measurements.


  • Electromechanical sensors, measurement, polymer films

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