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Multimodal Fibrous Static and Dynamic Tactile Sensor

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posted on 2022-06-03, 09:03 authored by Jarred W. Fastier-Wooller, Trung-Hieu Vu, Hang Nguyen, Hong-Quan Nguyen, Maksym Rybachuk, Yong Zhu, Dzung Viet Dao, Van Thanh Dau
A highly versatile, low-cost, and robust tactile sensor capable of acquiring load measurements under static and dynamic modes employing a poly­(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) [P­(VDF-TrFE)] micronanofiber element is presented. The sensor is comprised of three essential layers, a fibrous core P­(VDF-TrFE) layer and two Ni/Cu conductive fabric electrode layers, with a total thickness of less than 300 μm. Using an in situ electrospinning process, the core fibers are deposited directly to a soft poly­(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) fingertip. The core layer conforms to the surface and requires no additional processing, exhibiting the capability of the in situ electrospinning fabrication method to alleviate poor surface contacts and resolve issues associated with adhesion. The fabricated tactile sensor displayed a reliable and consistent measurement performance of static and instantaneous dynamic loads over a total of 30 000 test cycles. The capabilities and implications of the presented tactile sensor design for multimodal sensing in robot tactile sensing applications is further discussed and elucidated.

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