Use of Vibrational Optical Coherence Tomography to Analyze the Mechanical Properties of Composite Materials

Frederick H. Silver, Nikita Kelkar, Tanmay Deshmukh
2021 Sensors  
Energy storage and dissipation by composite materials are important design parameters for sensors and other devices. While polymeric materials can reversibly store energy by decreased chain randomness (entropic loss) they fail to be able to dissipate energy effectively and ultimately fail due to fatigue and molecular chain breakage. In contrast, composite tissues, such as muscle and tendon complexes, store and dissipate energy through entropic changes in collagen (energy storage) and viscous
more » ... ses (energy dissipation) by muscle fibers or through fluid flow of the interfibrillar matrix. In this paper we review the molecular basis for energy storage and dissipation by natural composite materials in an effort to aid in the development of improved substrates for sensors, implants and other commercial devices. In addition, we introduce vibrational optical coherence tomography, a new technique that can be used to follow energy storage and dissipation by composite materials without physically touching them.
doi:10.3390/s21062001 pmid:33809029 fatcat:xdytk4r3wvhg3cowcyvzqhx5ga