Smart Floors & Sensor Technology with Joanneum Research
May 21, 2018 Natalie Moreton
PyzoFlex® is an affordable, printable (by e.g. screen printing) sensor technology that can be implemented on an industrial scale. It allows the large-scale and accurate measurement of temperature and pressure changes as well as vibration monitoring in objects and their environment. In addition, there is know-how for the data processing and communication of the sensor signals (sensor-specific electronics) as well as customer or application-specific interpretation of the sensor signals (software or intelligence), thus resulting in devices for different applications
Wherever pressure / temperature changes, vibrations or shock waves occur, piezoelectric and pyroelectric generators can be used to convert mechanical deformation (changes in thickness) and temperature differences into electrical energy. Ferroelectric polymers belonging to the PVDF-Class (polyvinylidene fluoride) are used as a basic material due to the fact that they exhibit strong piezoelectric and pyroelectric activity after a poling procedure. These materials are also extremely stable, UV and weather resistant, flame-retardant and have a high chemical durability. Any mechanical deformation caused by contact, pressure or movement can also be used to generate electrical energy (piezoelectric energy harvesting).
These sensors can easily be implemented or laminated in/onto different surfaces giving them an added value. The unique properties and robustness of this technology open up a host of entirely new possibilities and make it suitable for many different fields of application - as there are: IoT, smart living and smart city, automotive & smart mobility, smart wearables, cyber physical systems, strain gauges, and many more.
Interviewed at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018.
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