Nanotube Load Cells (Strain Gauges)
RCNF’s nanotube load cell is a transducer used to convert a force to an electrical signal and to measure a structure’s deformation electrically. They are a safety product for use in many industries and applications. Examples include: structural health monitoring, measuring weight and lift frequencies in lifting industry, concussion mitigation via strain gauges in helmets and mouth guards, smart orthotics and implants etc. They incorporate a state of art Bluetooth enabled DAQ system with high sensitivity and specificity to measure the force causing deformation of the load bearing structure. Unlike traditional strain gauges which are point sensors, our nanotube infused strain gauges can form a continuous skin for distributed sensing of very large structures such as Wind Turbine Blades.
The performance of energy storage devices depends decisively on the properties of the materials they are made of; the innovation of how to place nano materials thus lies at the heart of the advances in energy storage.
Supercapacitor technology can benefit significantly by moving from conventional (activated carbon) to nanostructured electrodes, owing to the exceedingly huge specific surface area and other superior properties of the nano materials. In this sense, carbon nanotubes are the most promising electrode materials for supercapacitors. Due to their unique structure, carbon nanotubes possess many remarkable properties, such as high specific surface area, high aspect ratio, remarkable electrical and thermal conductivity, chemical stability and low mass.
Electro Magnetic Interference Shielding
EMI is the result of electromagnetic radiation given off by electronic devices interrupting an electrical circuit’s performance. Our carbon nanotube sheets are designed to act as a “Faraday cage” that can block out external static electrical fields from sensitive circuitry. Because the material can carry electricity, it redirects energy along its conducting plane rather than allowing electronic emissions to penetrate the protected area.