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Heidi Pankretz

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona | Graduation Date: Fall 2018
Mechanical Engineering

Embedded Composite Strain Sensors

Mentor: Masoud Yekani Fard
FURI: Fall 2018

The primary objective of this research is to investigate various fabrication steps of the vacuum filtration and surfactant free techniques and their effects on nanocomposite strain sensors. This research is done by reading various research papers and understanding the effects of the fabrication process. The investigation will determine the effects to the sensor’s mechanical, ductile, and piezoresistivity responses due to each fabrication step. The expected outcome for this research is to optimize the piezoresistive response of the buckypaper sensor for more reliable damage detection for safer structures.