Integration of conductive silver sensors on zirconia ceramics by screen-printing for monitoring strain under applied load
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There is a growing interest in zirconia ceramics due to their high flexural strength, excellent corrosion resistance and good biocompatibility. The assembly of advanced zirconia material with functions of sensing, actuation and controlling to solve the problems that may arise during its use is critical to ensure long-term service and performance. Within this context, the objective of this work is to analyse the structural health of zirconia samples by screen-printing silver-based conductive ink on the surface subjected to maximum load under flexural testing. In doing so, silver conductive ink was formulated using silver nanoparticles where polyvinyl pyrrolidone acted as the capping agent. Silver ink was then screen-printed onto zirconia samples and sintered at 200 °C. The resistance of the sensors was measured and the sensing capabilities of printed conductive patterns were investigated using the four-point probe method. Experimental findings displayed a reproducible direct correlation between electrical resistance change and strain resulting from surface displacement under applied load in four-point bending.
CitationZhang, J. [et al.]. Integration of conductive silver sensors on zirconia ceramics by screen-printing for monitoring strain under applied load. "Ceramics international", 3 Abril 2023, vol. 49, núm. 7, p. 11579-11588.