A novel strain sensor using a microchannel embedded in PDMS

Angelica Campigotto, Stephane Leahy, Ayan Choudhury, Guowei Zhao, Yongjun Lai


A novel, inexpensive, and easy-to-use strain sensor using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)  was developed. The sensor consists of a microchannel that is partially filled with a coloured liquid and embedded in a piece of PDMS. A finite element model was developed to optimize the geometry of the microchannel to achieve higher sensitivity. The highest gauge factor that was measured experimentally was 41. The gauge factor was affected by the microchannel’s square cross-sectional area, the number of basic units in the microchannel, and the inlet and outlet configuration. As a case study, the developed strain sensors were used to measure the rotation angle of the wrist and finger joints.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jbei.v4n2p1


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Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics

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