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    • ISSN: 1793-8198
    • Frequency: Quarterly
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJMMM
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Prof. Ian McAndrew
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, UK.
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IJMMM 2016 Vol.4(4): 237-242 ISSN: 1793-8198
DOI: 10.18178/ijmmm.2016.4.4.263

Dielectric Polarization Enhancement of Thermoplastic Elastomers for Sensing and Energy Harvesting Applications

Anup Poudel, Austin Coffey, James Kennedy, Sean Lyons, Ken Thomas, and Philip Walsh
Abstract—Nano-structured dielectric thermoplastic elastomers (DTEs) such as poly(styrene-co-ethylene-co-butylene-styrene) [SEBS] and poly(styrene-co-ethylene-co-butylene-styrene) –grafted- maleic anhydride[SEBS-g-MA] triblock co-polymers have been shown to have superior mechanical performances relative to conventional dielectric elastomers such as silicones because of their morphology; which comprises of continuous hard and soft block copolymers and physical cross-linking between same. However, historically their use in capacitive energy harvesting and sensing applications has been constrained by their relatively low dielectric permittivity. In this work, novel method for increasing the dielectric permittivity of DTE’s while maintaining their mechanical performance by using electrically active modifiers was evaluated. Preliminary results showed a 110% and 99% increase in the dielectric permittivity, and a 787% and 300% increase in the storage modulus, of SEBS and SEBS-g-MA respectively upon addition of 10% carbon black. The storage modulus will be decreased if the materials are pre-strained. These results also indicate that relative changes in the electrical properties of polymer-additive composites is polymer-additive compatibility dependent (i.e. 1.20% decrease in the dielectric permittivity of SEBS and a 32.72% increase in the dielectric permittivity of SEBS-g-MA was observed upon addition of 10% BaTiO3).

Index Terms—SEBS, SEBS-g-MA, dielectric permittivity, polarization.

Anup Poudel, Austin Coffey, and Philip Walsh are with the Convergent Technology Research Group (CTRG), Department of Engineering, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland (e-mail: apoudel@wit.ie, acoffey@wit.ie, prwalsh@wit.ie).
Ken Thomas is with the School of Engineering, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland (e-mail: kthomas@wit.ie).
James Kennedy is with the Centre for Materials Innovation and Design, Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Athlone, Ireland (e-mail: Jkennedy@ait.ie).
Sean Lyons is with the Applied Polymer Technologies, Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Athlone, Ireland (e-mail: slyons@ait.ie).

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Cite: Anup Poudel, Austin Coffey, James Kennedy, Sean Lyons, Ken Thomas, and Philip Walsh, "Dielectric Polarization Enhancement of Thermoplastic Elastomers for Sensing and Energy Harvesting Applications," International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 237-242, 2016.

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