Passive low-cost inkjet-printed smart skin sensor for structural health monitoring

Benjamin Stassen Cook, Atif Shamim, Manos Tentzeris

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Monitoring fatigue cracking of large engineering structures is a costly and time-intensive process. The authors' present the first low-cost inkjet-printed patch antenna sensor that can passively detect crack formation, orientation and shape by means of resonant frequency shifts in the two resonant modes of the antenna. For the first time, the effect of non-linear crack shapes on the parallel and perpendicular resonant modes of a patch antenna is quantified with simulation and measurement. This study presents a step towards fully integrated, low-cost, conformal and environmentally friendly smart skins for real-time monitoring of large structures. © The Institution of Engineering and Technology 2012.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1536-1541
Number of pages6
JournalIET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation
Issue number14
StatePublished - Nov 20 2012

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work has been supported by NSF-ECS and IFC/SRC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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