A carbon nanotube/cement composite with piezoresistive properties

Xun Yu, Eil Kwon

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This paper studies the piezoresistive property of the CNT/cement composite to explore its feasibility as an embedded stress sensor for civil structures such as roadways, levees and bridges. The experimental results show that the electrical resistance of the CNT/cement composite changes with the compressive stress level, indicating the potential of using the CNT/cement composite as a stress sensor for civil structures. The piezoresistive responses of the composite with different fabrication methods and CNT doping levels were also studied. It is found that dispersion-assistant surfactants could block the contacts among carbon nanotubes, thus impairing the piezoresistive response of the composite, while a higher CNT doping level could improve the sensitivity of the composite stress response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055010
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 18 2009


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