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Multilayer Stretchable Conductors with a Large Tensile Strength

Publication Type:

Journal Article


JOURNAL OF ELASTOMERS AND PLASTICS, Volume 42, Number 4, p.365-373 (2010)


A metallic conductor layer on an elastomeric substrate has a limited
stretchability. Application of a conductive rubber layer underneath the
metal can enhance the flexibility and preserve the electrical connection
even at high strains. Silicone and polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) have
been tested as elastic substrates. A repeatable resistance-strain
behavior up to 100\% strain is achieved for a multilayer conductor with
PDMS substrate. It is found that this type of substrate has a large
influence on the size of cracks on the metal layer.