Solution Blow Spinning of Piezoelectric Nanofiber Mat for Detecting Mechanical and Acoustic Signals

Elnabawy, Eman, Farag, Mazen, Soliman, Amira, Mahmoud, Kamal, Shehata, Nader, Nair, Remya, Kandas, Ishac, Rasheed, Aatif, Combrinck, Madeleine, Khaliq, Jibran, Shyha, Islam, Kilic, Ali and Hassanin, Ahmed (2021) Solution Blow Spinning of Piezoelectric Nanofiber Mat for Detecting Mechanical and Acoustic Signals. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 138 (45). p. 51322. ISSN 0021-8995

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Solution blow spinning (SBS) technique can produce nanofibers (NFs) mat in large-scale production. In this work, the SBS was used to fabricate piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) NF membranes that can be utilized for energy harvesting applications. The effect of operating air pressure from (2–5 bar) on the surface morphology of the NFs has been studied. The structural analysis for crystalline polymorph β-phase for PVDF powder, casted film, electrospinning and SBS NFs has also been presented with the aid of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Piezoelectric characteristics of PVDF NFs mats were tested by applying impact impulse with different weights from different heights between 1 and 10 cm. The sensitivity of the voltage response increased from 1.71 mV/g to 8.98 mV/g, respectively. Besides, the SBS generated PVDF mat is found to be sensitive to pressure forces in a range of few Newtons with the generated voltage according to detected sensitivity of 80 mV/N based on the analysis of the impact of a few Hertz mechanical vibrations. In addition, the produced SBS NFs were applied as an acoustic signal detector within different acoustic frequencies. The results suggest that the β-phase PVDF nanofibrous membrane produced via the SBS technique has a great potential to be used as a piezoelectric sensor.

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Additional Information: Funding information: The authors would like to thank Science, Technology & Innovation Funding Authority (STIFA) and British Council for providing funding for the Institutional Links Project (Newton-Mosharafa Call between UK and Egypt, ID: 352360451 & ID: 30886) between Alexandria University, Egypt, and Northumbria University upon Tyne, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: solution blown, piezoelectric nanofiber, energy harvesting
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 14:05
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2022 03:31

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