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Switches and pressure sensors benefit from novel composite material

Christine Connolly (Stalactite Technologies Ltd, Shepley, Huddersfield, UK)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

A new material has been developed consisting of metal particles intimately distributed in a polymer. This composite becomes a conductor under compression, tension or twisting, exhibiting a resistive range of one trillion to one, and following a smooth, repeatable curve. It has been shown that the conductivity arises from the quantum tunnelling effect. The material is used in a wide range of switches and sensors, as a replacement in standard components and also in novel applications.

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Connolly, C. (2004), "Switches and pressure sensors benefit from novel composite material", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 261-264. https://doi.org/10.1108/02602280410545371

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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