A strain-sensitive webbing structure

Peng Zhang, Alain Boldini, Simon Carrillo Segura, Osgar John Ohanian, Maurizio Porfiri

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Maintaining the integrity of load-bearing webbing structures is crucial to ensure the safety of aerospace and aeronautical systems. Traditional sensing devices are not suited for strain sensing of webbing structures, due to their complexity and lack of flexibility. Here, we introduce a mechanochromic nylon webbing structure that exhibits fluorescence emission shifts in response to applied strains. The strain sensitivity of the webbing is quantified through tensile tests for a wide range of applied strains. The presented mechanochromic webbing could serve as load-bearing structures with non-destructive strain and damage sensing capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors, and Wearable Systems 2022
EditorsJaehwan Kim, Kyo D. Song, Ilkwon Oh, Maurizio Porfiri
ISBN (Electronic)9781510649651
StatePublished - 2022
EventNano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors, and Wearable Systems 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Apr 4 2022Apr 10 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceNano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors, and Wearable Systems 2022
CityVirtual, Online


  • BBS
  • Mechanochromism
  • Structural health monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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