INTELLIGENT TEXTILE AND FIBER REINFORCED MPC COMPOSITES FOR SHM
Technical University of Liberec
This study develops novel intelligent composite structural elements combining three advanced technologies: magnesium phosphate cement (MPC) matrix, smart-self sensory carbon-based textile reinforcement system, and additive short-dispersed fibers. In such system, the carbon rovings simultaneously serve as the main reinforcement system and the sensory agent. The material properties of the MPC matrix include minimization of environmental effects, high flexural strength and enhanced rheological properties which is an advantage in textile reinforcement system. From the sensory point of view, MPC is electrically insulated matrix which enhances the measured electrical signal from the carbon rovings. Experimental investigation demonstrates the advanced capabilities of the new hybrid structures. The investigation compares between the structural and electrical responses of textile reinforced MPC elements and TRC elements under flexural loading. The structural-electrical correlation enables to further explore new composite configurations and to develop enhanced smart self-sensory systems. The study demonstrates that by merging MPC mixture with textile and fiber reinforcement systems, it is possible to design and construct thin-walled, elements with advanced structural and self-sensing capabilities.
Intelligent structures, Advanced structural response, Enhanced sensory capabilities, Textile and fiber reinforcement