Design of a piezoelectric based tactile sensor with bio-inspired micro/nano-pillars

Koc I. M., AKCA E.

TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.59, pp.321-331, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.triboint.2012.06.003
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.321-331
  • Keywords: Tactile sensing, Finite element method, Piezoelectric polymer, Gecko fiber, ADHESION
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The sensing capability of PVDF piezoelectric film integrated with PDMS polymer vertical fiber array has been analyzed using finite element method. The fiber structure on the foot of the gecko, spiders and other insects gives inspiration to design of tactile sensors made out of synthetic fibrillar structures. A vertical array of synthetic polymer fiber is integrated to piezoelectric film to mimic tactile sensing nature of such animals. The contribution of the pillars to the output voltage, the dimensional parameters and surface adaptation capability are examined for a satisfactory design that can meet the spatial resolution of the human hand. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.