Article - 31 Oct 2003
The Fraunhofer Institute of Silica Research have embedded small diameter piezoelectric fibres into a polymer matrix to make sensors that can record mechanical loads in three directions. Posted August...
Article - 18 Jul 2003
Sensors for curved and rounded surfaces are typically difficult to apply. Described is a piezoelectric polymer coating that can be applied to complex surfaces. How it works and potential applications...
Article - 25 Sep 2007
An interferometer modulator uses a beamsplitter to produce deflected and transmitted light beams onto mirrored surfaces of a piezoelectric crystal pair.
Article - 12 Sep 2003
Smart or intelligent packaging is packaging that illicits a response to a stimuli. The concept is described, with applications and examples outlined. While some applications are a little way off,...
Article - 26 Mar 2001
The evolution of the tennis racket, from early wooden models through to modern day composites is described, as well as considering the potential use of piezoelectrics in the future.
Article - 20 Feb 2006
This article serves as a basic introduction to the design and operation of an atomic force microscope. It covers basic concepts and technologies that help understand the construction and operation of...
Article - 31 May 2019
This article describes the use of Bruker's DataCube Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy for delicate samples and DataCube Piezoforce Microscopy on Piezoelectric Films
Article - 30 Nov 2001
Micro-impact testing is a repetitive technique for evaluating coating adhesion, toughness and resistance to erosive wear. It is able to simulate actual wear conditions more closely than other...
Article - 7 May 2002
Niobium was first discovered by Hatchett in 1801, but this metal was produced only in 1864, when Blomstrand reduced niobium chloride.
Article - 9 Mar 2001
This novel family of materials is quite new and hence applications are relatively limited. This article describes a number of potential applications for auxetic materials including biomedical,...