Entangled Network of Carbon Nanotubes Embedded in Polyurethane and its Use for Body Kinematics and Joint Flexion Sensing

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Monitoring body kinematics and joint flexion has fundamental relevance in orthopedics and rehabilitation. The used sensing element is prepared from a highly-deformable polymer composite composed of a network of entangled electrically-conductive carbon nanotubes embedded in elastic polyurethane. The composite is prepared by an innovative procedure in which the non-woven polyurethane filtering membrane and the carbon nanotube cake are integrated by compression molding. As an example of the composite use as a strain sensor, human knee flexion and its cyclic movement is monitored, that may be applicable in athletic training as well as in orthopedics and rehabilitation.

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Evangelos Hristoforou and D.S. Vlachos

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39-42

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10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.543.39

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P. Slobodian et al., "Entangled Network of Carbon Nanotubes Embedded in Polyurethane and its Use for Body Kinematics and Joint Flexion Sensing", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 543, pp. 39-42, 2013

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March 2013

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