A deformation sensor is a tool used to gauge the strain or deformation of a structure or substance. Deformation is the term used to describe how an object changes in size or shape as a result of external forces or tensions.
Numerous fields, including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, mechanical engineering, and material science, can benefit from the use of deformation sensors. They are frequently used to track the behavior of materials and structures under strain, including pipelines, bridges, buildings, tunnels, and dams.
To measure the deformation or strain in a material or structure, deformation sensors often employ a variety of sensing technologies, including strain gauges, accelerometers, and displacement sensors.
Engineers can spot possible issues and decide on maintenance, repair, or replacement by using the real-time data these sensors can provide on the behavior of the structure.
Overall, deformation sensors are a crucial instrument for guaranteeing the dependability and safety of materials and structures in a variety of applications. Engineers can spot possible problems and take proactive steps to avoid failure and reduce risks by monitoring deformation and strain.
The Global Deformation Sensor Market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
A stretchable strain sensor created by North Carolina State University researchers offers a rare combination of sensitivity and range, enabling it to detect even minute changes in strain with a wider range of motion than earlier technologies.
The researchers developed new health monitoring and human-machine interaction devices to show the sensor’s usefulness.
A silver nanowire network encased in an elastic polymer makes up the novel sensor. The polymer has a pattern of uniformly deep parallel cuts that alternately come from the left and right sides of the material, starting with a cut on the left and moving clockwise around the polymer.
The sensor detects variations in electrical resistance to calculate strain. Resistance rises as the material extends. The cuts in the sensor’s surface run parallel to the direction in which it is stretched. This achieves two goals. First, the cuts let the sensor significantly deform.
The surface cuts pull open, forming a zigzag pattern, which allows the material to tolerate significant deformation without breaking. The electrical signal is compelled to go farther, up and down the zigzag, when the cuts pull open.
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