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Thermal effects on a passive wireless antenna sensor for strain and crack sensing

Tutkimustuotosvertaisarvioitu

Yksityiskohdat

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoSensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012
Vuosikerta8345
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2012
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaSensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012 - San Diego, CA, Yhdysvallat
Kesto: 12 maaliskuuta 201215 maaliskuuta 2012

Conference

ConferenceSensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012
MaaYhdysvallat
KaupunkiSan Diego, CA
Ajanjakso12/03/1215/03/12

Tiivistelmä

For application in structural health monitoring, a folded patch antenna has been previously designed as a wireless sensor that monitors strain and crack in metallic structures. Resonance frequency of the RFID patch antenna is closely related with its dimension. To measure stress concentration in a base structure, the sensor is bonded to the structure like a traditional strain gage. When the antenna sensor is under strain/deformation together with the base structure, the antenna resonance frequency varies accordingly. The strain-related resonance frequency variation is wirelessly interrogated and recorded by a reader, and can be used to derive strain/deformation. Material properties of the antenna components can have significant effects on sensor performance. This paper investigates thermal effects through both numerical simulation and temperature chamber testing. When temperature fluctuates, previous sensor design (with a glass microfiber-reinforced PTFE substrate) shows relatively large variation in resonance frequency. To improve sensor performance, a new ceramic-filled PTFE substrate material is chosen for re-designing the antenna sensor. Temperature chamber experiments are also conducted to the sensor with new substrate material, and compared with previous design.